May 28, 2023


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First all-female jury for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition Africa, Middle East and South Asia

The S.Pellegrino Youthful Chef Academy has unveiled the jury for the Africa, Middle East and South Asia area, who will be judging the signature dishes of the young chefs at the regional leg of the levels of competition to be held in Cape Town in January 2023.

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Spanning two continents, the jurors are Tala Bashmi from Bahrain, Selassie Atadika from Ghana, and Siba Mtongana from South Africa whose eatery, Siba – The Restaurant opened in October 2021 immediately after running as a pop-up at The Table Bay Hotel.

chef siba mtongana
“I’m tremendous excited and proud that South Africa is the host region for this edition of the competition”, states Siba. “I truly feel so honoured to be component of the really first only woman judging panel! I glance ahead to seeing youthful, pure and uncooked talent by means of these youthful cooks showcasing their capabilities. I think it is important to impart and share our information with the young generation to encourage them to be the finest now and in the long run!”

Siba states she sees Africa and Afro-fusion as one particular of the forthcoming trends in environment gastronomy and that it is vital that the finalists continue to keep each local and intercontinental audiences intrigued and wowed when utilizing components that may not nevertheless be acknowledged in the West.

Tala Bashmi drives the renaissance of Arabic foods and is building a flourishing modern day culinary scene from the ground up in Bahrain. She says she will be seeking for the youthful chefs’ special point of view, relationship to their food historical past, and initial just take on meals, relatively than developments.

chef tala bashmi

“Being a location so prosperous in elements, spices, flavours, and lifestyle, it will be excellent for the cooks to showcase the uniqueness of their regions. Also, I imagine that sustainable cuisine will enjoy a significant function for the new era of cooks to have longevity in this marketplace,” she suggests.

Selassie Atadika operates Midunu, a nomadic non-public dining organization in Ghana that embodies ‘New African Cuisine’, utilizing regional, seasonal, and underutilised components which include common grains and proteins.

selassi atadika

There are so several thrilling trends, substances, and methods of deciphering eating coming from locations of Africa, the Center East, and South Asia, which have experienced restricted attention in intercontinental gastronomy,” she claims. “With a myriad of traditional preservation methods like smoking, fermenting, salting, and drying in these cuisines, I’m wanting forward to them coming by means of in the level of competition. I’m intrigued to see the youthful chefs convey more diversity to the gastronomic environment in this competition! With quite a few eyes on new frontiers in gastronomy, younger expertise from this location will be needed for these conversations.”

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