The Festive Vegan & Plant Powered Show (FVPPS) will be bringing visitors an online interactive event on the 28th of November, and their partners SA Chefs are calling on chefs and cooks, aged 28 and younger, to enter their best vegan dish. The winner will share a visual stage with some of the best international and local chefs, including the UK’s Gaz Oakley, who is one of the world’s most celebrated vegan chefs.

Says Heidi Warricker of The Festive Vegan & Plant Powered Show: “Vegan has gone mainstream with more and more chefs embracing and developing plant-based dishes on their menus. We are excited to see what our young South African chefs will come up with. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase themselves in front of some of this country’s leading culinary luminaries and share a stage with top local and international chefs.”

Jocelyn Myers-Adams, one of the judges for the competition, says “This is the perfect occasion to showcase your plant powered skills! Knowledge is power; taking part in this competition offers you the chance to challenge yourself creatively, learn and develop your talent. Go for it!”

To enter, submit a 30 second video (or a link to where the video can be found) explaining why you should be the winner of a demo spot at the FVPPS, as well as a recipe using vegan-only products with a list of ingredients and the cooking method. Entries, along with full name; ID, email and cell number details should be sent to for the attention of Adrian Vigus-Brown.

Entries close at noon on the 20th of October, and the top 10 finalists will be announced on the 23rd – they’ll then have until the 29th to submit a demonstration video. The ultimate winner will be announced on November 2 and will be invited to be part of a FVPPS film shoot in Cape Town on November 9.

Judges for the competition are Luke Dale-Roberts (The Test Kitchen), Adrian Vigus-Brown (competition director SA Chefs Association), Coo Pillay (executive chef of Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport), Dion Vengatass (member of this year’s SA Culinary Olympics team), Linah ‘Pinky’ Maruping (regional customer chef for Unilever Food Solutions) and Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams (director of JMA Hospitality and Consulting).

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