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Chef of the Year crowned

Chantel Kesslau from the Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool (WAP) walked away with the crown for the best School Chef for 2013.

Chantel Kesslau from the Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool (WAP) walked away with the crown for the best School Chef for 2013.

The Namibian Chefs Association fourth competition kicked off with an under 25 competition in January, followed by the Ultimate Establishment Challenge in March, then the international Semi Finals for the Global Chefs Challenge in May, then the prestigious Chef of the Year (CoY) competition beginning of July.
The Chef of the Year competition was held from the 1st to the 4th of July 2013 at the Windhoek Afrikaans Privaatskool (WAP). The competition was the largest and attracted over 66 contestants comprising 44 school chefs, 11 juniors and 11 seniors. The school chefs could take part as individuals or as a team of two. The teams got a time penalty of 1 hour and all the chefs had to prepare a three-course meal for 6 guests.
The schools had to do a French onion soup followed by an Oryx Schnitzel with their own choice of sauce, braised red cabbage and Spätzle. For dessert they had to make Tiramisu. The juniors did a Cream of Tomato soup followed by Loin of lamb served with glazed carrots and Potato Boulanger and ended with Chocolate brownies. The seniors got only the key ingredients and had to do their own menu. For a starter they got Namibian brown mushrooms, for the main a chicken and for dessert they had to do something with apples.
Three top chefs from South Africa, Martin Kobald, Richard Pearce and David Higgs judged the competition and shared their knowledge with the local chefs.
The competition ended on a high note at a prize giving and Gala event on Thursday 4 July 2013.  The celebrity chefs from South Africa helped to cook an excellent meal for the event and later on, a chefs auction to raise money for the Namibian Chefs Association was held. A total of N$82 000 was raised during the auction.
The association is currently working on getting an under 25 team together to take part in the African Culinary Cup at the beginning of September in Johannesburg and at the same time choose 10 finalists for the Checkers Boerewors competition.
The Nambian Chefs Association would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support. Seapride, Meatco, Checkers, Maerua Spar, Furnmart, Karnic Distributors, Sentratek, Windhoek Country Club, Kalahari Sands, Ellies Electronics, Capricorn weets, Maxes office machines, Caterplus, Gathemann Restaurant, Pupkewitz Catering, Namibian Dairies, Birds Mansions Keetmanshoop, TokTokkie Trails, Ababis Guest Farm, Eagles Rock Business Lodge, Macmillan Publishers, Lyon des Sables, Roots Importers, Marinda Fouche, Hartlief, Agricon mushrooms, Afrox, Gondwana Collection, Sea Side and Spa, Denu Distributors, T&C Nestle, MacAdams, Alex MacDonald, Fruit and Veg City, Frontline Catering hire, Greenspot,Waltons, Citiproduce,Hotline Catering Supplies, Jaylo, Komnik&Franck, TV Worx, Kalahari Sands, Windhoek Stationers and Namib Mills.

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