Big chance for young chefs

YOUNG chefs, get out your aprons and polish your cooking skills. It's that time again when aspiring foodies are called on to show off their mouthwatering recipes in the prestigious McCain Tribute to Good Taste competition.

Entry forms are now available and this year's McCain Tribute to Good Taste is more exciting than ever.

McCain's Noreen Barnett says her company is for the first time giving chefs free reign to unleash the maestro within and create any unique and unconventional vegetarian dish of their choice.

"It's all about those funky new ideas that you've always experimented with and now want to showcase to others," Barnett says.

"Be it tried and tested classical combinations with a twist, or cutting edge molecular gastronomy, we are giving competitors a chance to introduce themselves to the world."

She says thet judges will be looking for creativity, originality and imagination.

"The brief is that the dishes must be appealing to the taste buds with plenty of imagination mixed in.

"Impressive colour variations and a memorable taste explosion will also go far to impress the judges - along with freshness, nutrition and convenience," she says.

Barnett s encourages those who think they have what it takes to walk away with the grand prize to enter immediately and stand a chance of becoming the next McCain Tribute to Good Taste champion.

Competitors are required to create a unique two-course vegetarian meal for six people, incorporating a minimum of two of the sponsors' products per dish.

The competition will be held at Hostex Cape at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from March 8 to 10 .

The four finalists will be flown to the venue if they come from outside Cape Town to compete for the grand prize of R7000 plus a floating trophy and guaranteed publicity.

Last year's winner was Sibusiso Sydney Nyandeni, 23, of Vosloorus.

Entry forms are available at most tertiary culinary institutions. You can also visit Entries close tomorrow.

For more information visit to pre-register for access to the exhibition.