The current year’s energizing and very expected S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 honors in Italy saw 21 chefs compete for the ultimate culinary prize.
South Africa’s very own Vusumuzi Ndlovu ultimately took the number seven spot after cooking up a storm.
The final leg of the international competition saw Vusumuzi prepare and present his signature dish to a jury of seven international judges, known as the Seven Sages. He competed under the guidance and mentorship of DW Eleven-13’s Marthinus Ferreira.
According to Eat Out, the competition took place in Milan over the past weekend where Vusumuzi, who heads up the kitchen at Marabi Jazz Club in Johannesburg produced his dish called ‘Isicupho’, a dish inspired by his childhood.
The dish is said to consists of aged duck, grains, and variations of pumpkin.
During the competition, seven chefs advanced to the top 7, after which three chefs and ultimately the winner was announced.
The ultimate winner was chosen after extensive evaluation based on the criteria of the five ‘Golden Rules’ of ingredients, skill, genius, beauty, and message. This year saw Yasuhiro Fujio, a young chef representing Japan take the number one spot with his signature dish called “Across the sea”.
Vusumuzi later took to Instagram to thank a few people:
Ooooh my whirlwind of a week. What an experience. I’d like to say thank you to a few people. Firstly my team back home @themarabiclub , everyone from the big boss and across the board your incredible support humbles me. @thesaxonhotel my second family you guys had my back since day one. @nikitabuxton thanks for putting with me hehehe I hope you got enough quotes. @aniaody for helping me get sorted so I could represent our region. My family and friends for understanding my sock obsession. All the young chefs for being legit true professionals. @marthinusdw1113 for the support in the trenches with me. I have made friends for life. Top7 result, Still surreal considering I almost didn’t make it. The jury… I mean cooking for some of the top chefs in the world and looking into their eyes as I presented my dish that’s something I won’t forget anytime soon. Gratzi.