Junior Chef 2016 Winners Western Cape

15 July 2016

Eight eager contestants battled it out over the stove and pot in the Western Cape's final cook-off of the SPAR Junior Chef competition. 

Shabana Waryawa, a grade 5 learner at Southfield Primary, was the overall winner amongst the young, aspirant 'MasterChefs'. Judges were particularly impressed by the youngster's techniques, her command of her cooking space and her presentation.

For her efforts she won cooking utensils, SPAR product and a shopping voucher of R5000.

Shabana said afterwards that she loved cooking and that her inspiration came from her grandmother. 

Raquel Botman, in Grade 5 at St Augustine's Primary, was second. Her mentor is her mum, Nadia. Third was another Grade 5 learner, Caitlin Coleman from Monte Vista Primary, who sweetened the judges' taste buds with her buttermilk crumpets.

The competition is aimed at grade 5, 6 and 7 learners who love cooking. Budding chef 'wanna-bes' get to prepare their favourite dish, along with a mystery dish in the final cook off of the competition. The emphasis is on skills, with a great dollop of fun.

This year's judges were best-selling cookbook author, and entrepreneur, Cass Abrahams, South African doyenne of Cape Malay cooking, and Isabella Niehaus, creative stylist, blogger and talented cook, who runs a community market and successful restaurant from her home. Along with fellow judge, advertising manager for SPAR in the Western Cape, Elsabe van Zyl – Felix, they encouraged the aspirant chefs to follow their food dreams and passions.

Elsabe van Zyl thanked her fellow judges, "among the best in the business" and said that again she was encouraged by the high standard, as well as the enthusiasm among the contestants. "This is the 6th year that SPAR has run the Junior Chef competition," she said. "We want them to have fun, as well as inspire them. It's wonderful to see the budding chefs, and their parents, who come to support them, have fun while cooking."