Chefs from Cape Town’s renowned luxury hotel, the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, have hit the hot spot in chefs’ competitions, both internationally and on the local scene. The recognition of their leading role in defining local food offerings puts the hotel and its cuisine at the very top of the food scene.
“We are absolutely thrilled that our Senior Chef de Partie, Michelle Van Sittert, was named a finalist in the San Pelegrino Chef Competition for Africa and the Middle East. As one of just ten finalists throughout the region, this is a truly tremendous achievement!” enthuses the hotel’s Executive Chef, Sanel Esterhuyse. In the finalist leg, Michelle competed against both local chefs and others from Kuwait and Dubai, preparing 40 tasting plates and four plates that the international panel of judges used for her assessment.
This prestigious international competition draws over 3 000 chefs from all over the world, of which just 200 are selected as regional finalists. “So, being selected as a regional finalist is an indication of one’s talent,” Esterhuyse explains. “Past winners and finalists have benefitted tremendously in their careers from this level of recognition within the industry.”
Michelle also features prominently in the local Unilever Chef of the Year Competition, one of the foremost contests in the country. Both she and Sydwill Molefe, the Chef de Partie, were named as semi-finalists in the Seniors section of this prestigious competition that showcases the finest culinary talent in South Africa. And to top off their achievements, their colleague, Jaymee Lee Young, another Chef de Partie, was a semi-fnalist in the Junior section of the competition.
These results can only mean new and exciting dishes for the menu at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel.