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Five finalists have been named in the Unilever Food Solutions Master your Passion—The Mentorship Movement competition – and will go head to head on 29 October in a mystery basket cook-off to determine the winner of the top prize of an international culinary experience to London worth R50 000.

The Mentorship Movement competition gave senior chefs the opportunity to nominate their young chefs for mentoring sessions with five top chefs between 1 and 30 September. The finalists are:

  • Thembane Isaac of The Wanderers Club Silvasale Events, nominated by Leanne Galloway and mentored by James Khoza of Sandton Convention Centre
  • Matthew Paulsen of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, nominated by Rudi Liebenberg and mentored by Craig Cormack of The Goose Roasters
  • Andile Ndlovu of Fairmount, nominated by Dean Uren and mentored by Leon Hatton-Jones of Hilton Hotel, Namibia
  • Bianca Groener of The Fernery Lodge, nominated by Barry Schmidt and mentored by Dion Vengatass of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
  • Abdul Fredericks of Southern Sun Cape Sun, nominated by Alfred Henry and mentored by Stuart Cason of Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel.

The competition, which is in its third successful year, is designed to give young chefs the opportunity to spend time with a mentor – a top South African chef – and learn the art of mastering their cooking passion from the vast experience that the mentors have gained over the years.

The nominating chefs are in line to win a R10 000 South African weekend getaway should their nominee win the top prize.

Says Remco Bol, MD of Unilever Food Solutions South Africa, “Mastering time is crucial in any kitchen and if young chefs can master their passion and consistently maintain control of the many different aspects of the food preparation processes, even under demanding circumstances, they are well on their way to running highly successful kitchens in the future.”

The finalists have spent time learning the personal tips and secrets on mastering time in a professional kitchen from their mentors and on 29 October will be challenged to beat the clock in a mystery basket cook-off, incorporating Unilever Food Solutions’ professional ingredients.

“We congratulate these young finalists and wish them all the best of luck at the cook-off. While there will be only one winner, we believe that every finalist has gained invaluable insight and knowledge from their sessions with our world-class mentoring chefs that will stand them in excellent stead for many years to come,” adds Bol.

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