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Fedics chefs from the Inland Region have once again come out in force to compete for the coveted title of Inland Regional Chef of the Year 2007 on 12 July at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Kitchens.

A record 52 entrants were received to compete for this year’s ‘Mystery Basket’ themed competition, with eight entrants competing for top honours in both the junior and senior category.

Each competitor will be given a list of ingredients a few hours before the event begins and will have to plan their menu and prepare the food in three hours.

Senior Chefs will prepare a three-course meal comprising a starter, main and desert while junior Chefs will prepare a main course and desert. Contestants will be judged not only on the final presentation but also on the preparation process including hygiene, safety, time keeping and wastage during preparation.

The judging panel consists of four Chefs who are accredited as judges by the South African Chefs Association. They will also be judging on taste, presentation and innovation of the finished dishes – each main dish has to be prepared using poultry.

Inland Chef of the Year finalists in the junior category:

Tsepho Mojchela
David Dhlamini
Nonhlanhla Mofokeng
Steven Skinner
Thembi Dube
Réani Viviers
Xolani Ndaba
Brian Baloi
Bridgestone
Carnival City
Carnival City
Carnival City
Carnival City
Henkel Alrode
Monash University
SAB Isando

Inland Chef of the Year finalists in the senior category:

Jemima Van Tonder
Russell Swatton
Albert Netshishivhe
Doris Ratshibayo
Junior Mofokeng
Grant Livanos
Glenn McDonald
Sydney Sibeko
Alexander Forbes
Alexander Forbes
Carnival City
Carnival City
Carnival City
Sandton Medi Clinic
San Sereno
Vodacom

Competitors placed 1st and 2nd in each respective category will move on to compete at The Fedics National Chef of the Year 2007 to be held in September.

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