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SA Olive Young Chef Finalists – Melissa & Bianca

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:

 

Melissa Laing

What made you enter the competition?
I have a passion for experimenting and doing new things.

Why are you becoming a chef?
I’ve cooked since I was young – it’s always been a part of who I am.

Where do you come from?
Johannesburg.

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
I was always in the kitchen with my mom.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
Healthy food – like vegan.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
I really want to open up a restaurant – maybe one that serves vegan food.

Give us a hint of what you’ll be making at the cook-off?
Something very sweet with some savory incorporated.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
It is a really good opportunity and we need it because it is inspirational. It also prepares us for the pressure of being a chef.

 


 

Bianca Pienaar

What made you enter the competition?
It is something I’ve never done before and I feel it is an achievement.

Why are you becoming a chef?
I have a love for food and different cuisines – the way it smells, looks and tastes.

Where do you come from?
Johannesburg.

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
Making pancakes with my grandmother.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
After working in different countries and understanding each one’s cuisine, I would love to open my own, self-funded restaurant.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
I would like to work on a yacht and cook for famous people.

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

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
Absolutely!

 


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