The annual Chef of the Year Competition – organised by the Namibian Chefs Association (NCA) – aims to showcase high quality Namibian culinary skills, Namibian products, and the talents of professional chefs from Windhoek and around Namibia. This year the event will be held from 18 to 21 June.
“The objective of the Chef of the Year Competition is to encourage local young professionals to compete in a hands-on outside catering situation and gain from the experience,” explains Tom Mutavdzic, President of the NCA. Participants can take part in one of three categories: Inter-schools, Junior Chef, and Senior Chef. With a set of required ingredients for each dish, points will be awarded for taste, skills demonstrated, own interpretation, and creativity. Winning chefs will receive a certificate of participation, a trophy and a variety of other prizes. The first prize winners for the Junior and Senior Chef Competition will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Global Chefs Challenge in 2013.
As usual, the judges will be some of the most highly qualified chefs in Southern Africa, this year including Arnold Tanzer, Richard Pearce of Totally Kosher catering in SA, and Director of South African Chefs Association Jeff Schueremans. The event will culminate with a gala dinner on 21 June, attracting guests from local businesses and companies.
On 22 June, just after the Chef of the Year Competition, judges Richard and Jeff will run a course for paid-up members of the NCA to become boerewors experts and judge the Checkers boerewors competition. Six of these will then go on to become judges at the first cook-off in July and at the Hart van Windhoek competition in September.
“Last year over 50 participants competed for the first place in the competition and we hope to exceed that number this year. This event will offer an opportunity to anyone who is interested in becoming a taster at the competition to sample the dishes prepared for the competition.” If you are interested to be part of the tasting panel, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published 24 May 2012