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SA Olive Young Chef Finalists – Kyle & Angelo

The first ever SA Olive Young Chef Competition mixes South Africa’s thriving culinary culture with the ever growing olive industry, providing the perfect chance to develop young and talented local chefs.

Hurst students were given the opportunity to submit recipes for the The SA Olive Young Chef Competition, from there the top ten recipes were selected and are going to come to life in the final cook-off to be held at Hurst Campus in Paarl on 13 April 2019. The finalists will present their culinary creations to a panel of professional, high profile chefs on the day. Fans will then be able to vote for their favourite dishes on social media, the winner will be announced on 2 May 2019.

Meet two of our finalists:

 

Kyle Evitts

What made you enter the competition?
I’ve entered one or two competitions in the past and did not make it to the finals. I wanted to try my luck with this one, as well as prove something to myself.

Why are you becoming a chef?
Coming up with food flavour combinations is a passion of mine.

Where do you come from?
Gauteng

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
My grandmother always reminds me how much I loved being in the kitchen as a child – especially to help cook Sunday lunch.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
Pairings.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
A friend and I have always dreamt about having the first diabetic friendly restaurant in South Africa.

Give us a hint of what you’ll be making at the cook-off?
A South African favourite.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
It enables us to express ourselves, as well as experiment and push our imaginations.

 


 

Angelo Walder

What made you enter the competition?
I love the taste of olive oil and this is an opportunity to cook with something I like.

Why are you becoming a chef?
It has been the direction I’ve wanted to go into since Grade 2.

Where do you come from?
Windhoek, Namibia.

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
I cooked with my grandmother and her food is still my favourite. She once made ox tongue. I ate it and loved it, but only found out afterwards what it was.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
I want to be an all-rounder.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
I want to work in a high-end kitchen as head chef or executive chef.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
Yes, definitely.

 


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