Last week was the annual Sunday Times Chef of the Year competition sponsored by Foodcorp. The chefs in each of the four categories get a mystery basket of seasonal and local ingredients, and have a four and a half hours to whip up a three course meal. This is a fabulous event that showcases some of South Africa’s best cooking talent.

The winners of the 4 categories were:

Rudi Liebenberg of the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town who claimed the 2012 Sunday Times Chef of the Year title; Tiaan Langenegger from Overture Restaurant, Stellenbosch was honoured with the Young Chef of the Year title; Nik Tonglet of The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale Roberts, Cape Town was awarded the Junior Chef of the Year title; and Mark Iveson from Gonubie Hotel, East London won the Sunday Times’ Stalwart of the Kitchen award.

On Thursday evening the awards ceremony took place at Foodcoprps 7th Floor venue followed by a cocktail party. I got to meet the hysterical Nik Rabinowitz (MC for the night) and talk to a few of my favourite South African chefs.

This picture of me with Nik Rabinowitz and Jackie Cameron from Hartford House made it into the Sunday Times.

To see the video round up of the event click this link.

Check out the Sunday Times Facebook page for more pictures and details about the event



1 Comment

  1. Sam

    you are the best chef, not only in SA but much further!

    Congratulations to your nomination. We knew it all the time: you stand out and beat them all. And it is not only your superior quality as a cook, but also your personality. You know what the people want even before they know themselves.

    We appreciate your personality for many years and admire your skill and dedication. Living in Johannesburg (Springs to be exactly) it was easy to enjoy your talents at the Saxon but we still feel it’s worthwhile to travel to Cape Town to enjoy your created delights!

    Please stay in the food industry for as long as possible and pass as much as possible on to the next generation under your control.

    Lots of love and compliments on your achievement

    from Norbert & Claudia
    (the german couple from Springs)

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