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August 25, 2011

World Chefs Tour brings culinary genius to CTICC

Vernon Moses

Northlink College’s Vernon Moses is shown the ropes by Team Germany

Tantalising aromas and passionate cooks drew plenty of hungry passers-by to the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger demonstration at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Wednesday August 24.

On the stellar roster for the day were teams from Canada, Singapore, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. As meal after meal was prepared and served, it was easy to see just why these chefs are at the top of their respective countries’ culinary game.

Film crews and members of the public jostled for the opportunity to see these talented international chefs at work. But it was the eager first-year culinary studies students from Northlink College who gained the most from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

One lucky student, Vernon Moses, was handpicked to assist Team Germany (whose lead chef, Andreas Widman, is as hot as his meals) with the preparation of their beef fillet and cold celery starter.

Moses certainly impressed the chefs with his expert chopping skills.

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Chicken in paprika sauce by Team Austria

“Working with these renowned chefs means so much to me. It makes me feel like I, too, can be a chef someday,” he said.

While Team Germany‘s main meal, a grilled sea bass and veggie combo, was amazing, it wasn’t nearly as good as Team Austria’s. This gourmet chicken in paprika sauce – a dish from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s homeland – is a magical taste experience! And team Czech had the crowd gasping in delight for their pork belly and potato dumpling creation.

The demonstrations, which run until August 27, form part of a tour to raise R5-million for South African feeding schemes. The chefs, who pay for their own accommodation, volunteer their skills at cooking demos, assist with dishes for the menus of hotels they are staying at, and will participate at a gala dinner to be held at the Southern Sun Cape Town on Saturday.

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Team Czech with hospitality students

Now in its third year, the Chefs Tour has gained in popularity and has raised millions for the homeless and hungry of South Africa.

“The tour is a humbling experience because we can learn so much from the hungry. It is a reminder of how much we should get involved in assisting mankind and invest in our passion for humanity,” said chef Pacha Baranidharan of Team India. Chef Baranidharan will be manning the demo stand on Friday.

For more information about the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger, please visit www.worldchefstour.com.

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