Top catering schools from around KZN have chosen their finalists for the exciting inaugural HIRSCH’S HEAD CHEF competition that is due to take place in the Siemens kitchen at Hirsch’s Homestore in Umhlanga Rocks at 1.00 p.m. this Friday – October 27. Each school is fielding their top senior student and a first year (as their assistant) and they will cook two courses from a mystery box – with an hour of preparation and cooking and ten minutes to plate up (five minutes for each dish).
Schools taking part include the International Hotel School, Capsicum Culinary Studio and Fusion Cooking School. The Hirsch’s Group are the main sponsors of the competition. Allan Hirsch, CEO and Founder of the Hirsch Group, will be one of the judges. Commented Allan about the competition: “We are living in a time when people who leave school are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a career. One thing is for sure, and that is that people have got to eat! Training young chefs and getting people enthusiastic about food, taste and smell at an early age is something you can’t really put a value to. Hirsch’s are proud to be instrumental in putting together the Hirsch’s Head Chef Competition. Here is the opportunity for these great young chefs to stand out and show what they are capable of producing.
The ICC’s Executive Sous Chef and the South African Chefs Association head in KZN, Desmond Davies said that this was exactly the type of competition that people in the culinary industry enjoyed taking part in. “We need to bring in more of these fun elements, like cooking from a mystery box and working in an unconventional environment.” He said. Fellow judge, well known KZN caterer and Masterchef Finalist, Joani Mitchel said that she loved the fact that Hirsch’s had come on board to put together and sponsor a competition that would showcase the talents of some of the top junior chefs in the province.