SPAR Junior Chef KZN Winners

13 July 2016

It was a sweet affair at the KZN finals of this year's SPAR Junior Chef where six competitors took to the kitchen at the Gecko Culinary Adventures, where Chatsworth's Kreesan Govender was the cherry on top, being crowned this year's winner. 

junior-chef1.jpgJunior Chefs Micha Muzzell and Zara-Leah Smith show off their culinary skills.

The cook-off entailed a recipe that the youngsters were comfortable making from home, and a mystery dish that was presented to them after they had presented their first dish. Twelve year old Govender stole the hearts, and taste buds of the judges with his families tried and tested Almond Biscuits and absolutely creamed the mystery dish. 

junior_chef2.jpgChloe Young and Reuben Lane impressed the judges.

SPAR Advertising and Promotions Manager, Nelene Rampersad who was one of the judges stated, "The mystery dish was a chocolate mousse that they had to make from scratch. Following on from his almond biscuits, Kreesan's Mousse was out-of-this-world heavenly. He plated it in such a simple manner, yet it was hugely effective. His mousse was not too sweet, the texture smooth and creamy. A lot of top class chefs would have been impressed with his efforts!" 

Govender won for himself a R5,000 Pavilion shopping voucher for his first place in this year's SPAR Junior Chef. Runner up was twelve year old Madison Harries from Hillcrest who impressed the judges with her Chocolate Brownies served with an intricate sugary bird's nest on the top. She walked away with a R2,000 Pavilion shopping voucher. Third place went to Westville's Chloe Young (10yr) who presented a family recipe of Royal Cream Biscuits. The ten year old won a R1,000 Pavilion shopping voucher for her third. 

The three remaining finalists all received a R500 Pavilion shopping voucher. Westville's Michah Muzzell's (10yr) plated an array of chunky Chocolate Squares, Pietermartizburg's Reuben Lane (11yr) shared the Lane's secret recipe of the Impossible Tart, decorating the plate with a cinnamon spoon silhouette. Making her second appearance was Zara-Leah Smith (12yr) from the Bluff. She created a bite-size carrot cake.  

"I am certain I have said this before, but I am in awe of these young children's prowess in the kitchen. I know that my culinary talents are somewhat not quite of Masterchef standard, but to think that all of our competitors are still all in primary school! I take my hats off to all of you. And I urge you to continue chasing your dreams in the kitchen." stated the MD for SPAR KZN, Rob Philipson.