Last year the One&Only Reaching for Young Stars turned 10, and despite the incredible rollercoaster that the hospitality industry found itself on due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers showcook.com were still able to hold the event late in the year.

The small awards evening took place at the One&Only Cape Town, with Alderman James Vos (Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management) there to speak about Tourism, the lifeblood of the industry.

“It was an honour to represent the City of Cape Town at the 10th Anniversary of the One&Only Reaching for Young Stars,” he said. “The hospitality industry is the heartbeat of the tourism sector, and initiatives like these endorse service excellence and create exceptional learning experiences. We have all the resources to convert an attractive destination into an inspiring destination. Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic, I am still excited about the future of tourism in our city.”

The winners of the 2020 competition will be heading off to Dubai for work experience at the One&Only The Palm and One&Only Royal Mirage. GM One&Only Cape Town Anne Scott says, “One&Only Cape Town is thrilled to yet again be part of this fantastic initiative. The development and upskilling of students and colleagues alike is essential, and such an integral part of our industry. We are therefore pleased to have the opportunity to work with Reaching for Young Stars, as well as these talented students.”

The 2020 panel of judges, each experts in their own field; Alison Douglas, Brian McCune, Jac Kolver, Julietta e Silva, Kyle Hickman, Lorraine Meaney, Marieta Human, Tarryn van der Toorn and Wayne Abrahams. The categories this year encompassed a wide field including baristas, bakers, chefs and pastry chefs. The candidates drawn from Capsicum Culinary Studio, Chefs Training & Innovation Academy, International Hotel School and The Private Hotel School.

Suppliers of superb local ingredients throughout the competition: Avanti Coffee, Bio-Wheat, Denny Mushrooms, Khoisan Sea Salt, Lancewood Cheese, Lurpak Butter, Rio Largo Olive Oil and SA Pork.

The One&Only Reaching for Young Stars 2020 winners are:

Hot Chefs – YOUNG STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: Denzil Pedro (The Private Hotel School)
2nd: Huisung Choi (International Hotel School)
3rd: Mandre Campher (Capsicum Culinary Studio)

DELECTABLE DENNY STARTER: Denzil Pedro (The Private Hotel School)

King Oyster Mushroom Scallops | Mushroom pâté | Pickled shimeji mushrooms | Truffle pea purée | Charred baby onions | Bacon crumb | Slow-fermented Bio-Wheat bread crisp with Rio Largo Olive Oil & Khoisan Sea Salt

PURPLE RIBBON SA PORK MAIN COURSE: Huisung Choi (International Hotel School)

Pork Loin Wellington | Duck and pork fat fondant potato | Beetroot jus | Apple purée | Grilled asparagus | Crackling sprinkled with bacon dust with Rio Largo Olive Oil & Khoisan Sea Salt

SCANPAN EXCELLENT KITCHEN PRACTICE AWARD: Huisung Choi, assisted by Abdul Mu-eed Slamdien (International Hotel School) and Runner-UP Denzil Pedro, assisted by Chef Marius Opperman (The Private Hotel School)

Pastry Chefs – YOUNG STAR PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR: Amoré Bezuidenhout (The Private Hotel School)

ULTIMATE LANCEWOOD DESSERT: Amoré Bezuidenhout (The Private Hotel School)
2nd: Calum Matthys (Capsicum Culinary Studio)
3rd: Annelize Kruger (Chefs Training & Innovation Academy)

LURPAK BUTTER CAKE: Lara Van Heerden (Chefs Training and Innovation Academy)
2nd: Monique October (International Hotel School
3rd: Amoré Bezuidenhout (The Private Hotel School)

Bakers – KITCHEN AID BIO-WHEAT BAKER OF THE YEAR: Marcell van Wyk (Chefs Training & Innovation Academy)
2nd: Julian Lodewyk (The Private Hotel School)
3rd: Itumeleng Mabille (International Hotel School)

Baristas – YOUNG STAR BARISTA OF THE YEAR: Wisani Marivate (The Private Hotel School)
2nd: Cameron Pentz (The Private Hotel School)
3rd: Lilitha Memani (International Hotel School)

EXCEPTIONAL PRIZES 2020

The One&Only Reaching for Young Stars Chef of the Year Denzil Pedro (The Private Hotel School) is invited to Dubai to take up a three-week intense mentorship experience at the One&Only The Palm & One&Only Royal Mirage with flexibility in time and dates depending on circumstance.

He, together with Huisung Choi (The International Hotel School), have also been invited on a five-months working experience in Cape Cod, USA at Winslow’s Tavern.

The One&Only Reaching for Young Stars Pastry Chef of the Year Amoré Bezuidenhout (The Private Hotel School) is invited to experience a three-months internship at Château La Creuzette, in Boussac, France.

The One&Only Reaching for Young Stars Baker of the Year Marcell van Wyk (Chefs Training & Innovation Academy) is invited to experience a two-weeks internship at One&Only Cape Town.

One&Only Reaching for Young Stars Awards 2020

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