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July 09, 2012

Sample the Cape’s flavours at V&A Waterfront’s restaurant challenge

Look out for the "participating restaurant" signs at 25 of the V&A Waterfront's top restaurants.

Twenty-five restaurants, hundreds of fusion dishes and a challenge to be named the Master of the Trade Routes… this is the V&A Waterfront’s winter culinary offering.

Running until August 31, this gourmet contest sees chefs from participating restaurants OYO, Signal, Quay 4, Hildebrand and more preparing warm, rich dishes in a battle to be the ultimate trade routes master. The challenge, inspired by the Mother City’s culinary roots, pays homage to the Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Malay, French and British cooking influences of our past.

The participants will be judged by eight celebrity guests, as well as restaurant patrons, and the winner will be crowned at a glittering gala event at the end of the challenge.

Patrons of the V&A Waterfront can revel in this celebration of our diversity by taking advantage of the cost-effective set menus at each participating restaurant this winter and vote for their favourite dish on the V&A Waterfront Facebook Fanpage. For your efforts, you could be rewarded with double tickets to the gala event!

The Victoria&Alfred Hotel’s OYO Restaurant is one of the leading contenders in this challenge and its executive chef Craig Paterson is certainly a capable culinary captain.

I was invited to taste his special set menu and this man knows how to cook! At just R110 per person for his signature “Taste of the Cape” dish, you can feast on the likes of Thai chicken curry, bobotie and grilled fish of the day. Delicious!

Craig chatted to us about his spicy routes menu, his love of Cape Town and why he wants to be the Master of the Trade Routes:

OYO's Executive Chef Craig Paterson is a worthy competitor for the V&A Waterfront's Master of the Trade Routes Challenge this winter.

You too could taste your way along the Master of the Trade Routes Challenge with Cape Town Tourism and the V&A Waterfront:

We have an amazing prize up for grabs!

For your chance to win a V&A Waterfront's Master of the Trade Routes Challenge experience, which includes a meal voucher for two at The Grand as well as double tickets for the Wheel of Excellence, simply answer the following question:

If you were a chef competing in the Master of the Trade Routes Culinary challenge, which dish would you prepare to represent Cape Town?

Send your answer to fb@capetown.travel by Friday July 13, 2012 at midday and you could be our lucky winner!

Terms and conditions:

1.       Photos, videos and comments MUST fall into the specified categories otherwise they will not be considered.
2.       All photographs, videos and comments must be the entrant’s original work, and will be judged on quality, subject matter, composition and how they relate to the category.
3.       In terms of photographs and videos featuring people, failure to produce release forms giving permission by the subject will lead to disqualification.
4.       Photos and videos must be taken within one of the following areas: Cape Town city centre, Atlantic Seaboard, Southern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Cape Flats, Helderberg, Blaauwberg and the Cape Peninsula. See our maps page for more information.
5.       All entrants must be willing to have their photographs and videos featured on Cape Town Tourism’s website (they will be attributed to the photographer) and the winning entry may be featured in various campaigns to promote Cape Town as a destination.
6.       You may submit as many photos as you like, but please do not submit similar versions of the same image.
7.       The judges’ (Cape Town Tourism marketing team and the V&A Waterfront) decision is final.
8.       Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.
9.       The competition is not open to current or previous Cape Town Tourism and V&A Waterfront staff, their agents or associated business partners and family.

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