The theme for this year’s Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year competition is Where Legends are Born, so who will be competing in the action-packed finals on the 6th of September, to join the legendary ranks of Unilever winners? Without further ado, here are the finalists in this year’s competition:

In the Senior Category the finalists are:

  • Lesego Sibanda – Sun International Time Square
  • Hanno van Eeden – Diep in die Berg
  • Kirstin Hellemann – Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • Jean-Pierre Lenferna De la Motte- Lord Charles Hotel
  • Deon Kemp – Butlers Hillcrest
  • Sami Schoeman – Zucca @ Simbithi

In the Junior Category the finalists are:

  • Kabelo Molosiwa – Protea Hotels by Marriott OR Tambo Airport
  • Terror Molebeli Lekopa – Saxon Hotel Pty Ltd
  • Kayla-Ann Osborn – The Chefs Table
  • Cayrn Fredericks – Woolworths South Africa
  • Fernanda Cardoso – Chefs Warehouse and Canteen Bree Street
  • Shaista Anoop – 1000 Hills Chefs School

In the Team of 4 Category the finalists are:

  • Protea Hotels by Marriott OR Tambo Airport – led by Coovashan Pillay
  • Ivory Manor – led by Liza Strauss
  • 12 Apostles – led by Willem van Der Merwe
  • 12 Apostles – led by Angus van Aarde
  • Butlers Hillcrest – led by Thulani Ndebele
  • Durban Country Club – led by Xanthos Giannakopoloulos

The chefs in the Senior, Junior, and Team of 4 categories take home a total of R110 000 in prize money, with an added bonus for the top Junior Chef of the Year – a trip to Nice on the Côte d’Azur in France, to apprentice with Chef Jan Hendrik in his Michelin-star restaurant – in addition to a R10 000 cash prize.

For pictures of the regional events, scroll down to check out the galleries.

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