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SA Olive Young Chef Finalists – Tanner & Precious

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:

 

Tanner Leigh

What made you enter the competition?
It is a great experience to be part of and winning will be positive for my reputation as a chef.

Why are you becoming a chef?
I’ve wanted to be a chef from a very young age. It’s like an emotion that’s always been there.

Where do you come from?
Vishoek, Cape Town.

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
Our family always came together around food and I have many happy memories of this.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
I’m not so sure at the moment. I want to leave an impression.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
I would like to be known for more than just one thing – to own a restaurant is one.

Give us a hint of what you’ll be making at the cook-off?
Classic, with a new twist.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
100% – because cooking and pressure go together. Cooking is always a competition. You compete against yourself all the time to make things perfect.

 


 

Precious Job-Inomwan

What made you enter the competition?
I saw it as an opportunity to showcase what I can do and to challenge myself.

Why are you becoming a chef?
I’ve always found joy in food.

Where do you come from?
Nigeria.

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
During festive periods my mother would make fires and big pots of food. We would all be waiting and there was so much joy in that and the feasting. I was also the only girl in the family – you could not say you don’t want to cook.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
I like the whole kitchen.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
I would like to travel a lot, experience food, and at the same time earn a good living.

Give us a hint of what you’ll be making at the cook-off?
Something with a Nigerian twist.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
It builds up your confidence and encourages you in your career.

 


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