Finalists set to Master their Passion in mystery cook-off

Five finalists have been named in the Unilever Food Solutions Master your Passion—The Mentorship Movement competition – and will go head to head on 29 October in a mystery basket cook-off to determine the winner of the top prize of an international culinary experience to London worth R50 000.


The Mentorship Movement competition gave senior chefs the opportunity to nominate their young chefs for mentoring sessions with five top chefs between 1 and 30 September. The finalists are:

·       Thembane Isaac of The Wanderers Club Silvasale Events, nominated by Leanne Galloway and mentored by James Khoza of Sandton Convention Centre

·       Matthew Paulsen of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, nominated by Rudi Liebenberg and mentored by Craig Cormack of The Goose Roasters

·       Andile Ndlovu of Fairmount, nominated by Dean Uren and mentored by Leon Hatton-Jones of Hilton Hotel, Namibia

·       Bianca Groener of The Fernery Lodge, nominated by Barry Schmidt and mentored by Dion Vengatass of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

·       Abdul Fredericks of Southern Sun Cape Sun, nominated by Alfred Henry and mentored by Stuart Cason of Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel.



The competition, which is in its third successful year, is designed to give young chefs the opportunity to spend time with a mentor – a top South African chef – and learn the art of mastering their cooking passion from the vast experience that the mentors have gained over the years.


The nominating chefs are in line to win a R10 000 South African weekend getaway should their nominee win the top prize.


Says Remco Bol, MD of Unilever Food Solutions South Africa, “Mastering time is crucial in any kitchen and if young chefs can master their passion and consistently maintain control of the many different aspects of the food preparation processes, even under demanding circumstances, they are well on their way to running highly successful kitchens in the future.”


The finalists have spent time learning the personal tips and secrets on mastering time in a professional kitchen from their mentors and on 29 October will be challenged to beat the clock in a mystery basket cook-off, incorporating Unilever Food Solutions’ professional ingredients.


“We congratulate these young finalists and wish them all the best of luck at the cook-off. While there will be only one winner, we believe that every finalist has gained invaluable insight and knowledge from their sessions with our world-class mentoring chefs that will stand them in excellent stead for many years to come,” adds Bol.

Nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards revealed

Over the past two days, the much-awaited nominees for the Top 10 of this year’s Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced – five at a time – in an exciting video campaign. The last set of nominated restaurants has just been revealed, completing the list of 20.

Nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards revealed

They are:

Camphors at Vergelegen

Chefs Warehouse

DW Eleven-13

Five Hundred


Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort


Jordan Restaurant

The Kitchen at Maison

La Colombe


The Pot Luck Club

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

Rust en Vrede

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français


The Test Kitchen



The identities of the three anonymous judges who joined chief judge Abigail Donnelly in dining their way around the country to determine the nominees – and ultimately the winners – were unveiled last week. They are Jackie Cameron, award-winning former chef at Hartford House and owner of the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine; MasterChef SA judge and professional chef Benny Masekwameng; and award-winning food writer and celebrity TV chef Siba Mtongana.


The Top 10 Restaurants and the winners of other coveted awards, including the San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Nederberg Rising Star, Boschendal Style Award, Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Novus Holdings), Wine Service, Service Excellence and a new Woolworths Sustainability Award will be announced at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards ceremony on 15 November at Mistico Equestrian Centre, near Paarl.


The announcement of the nominees kicks off a captivating video campaign by Mercedes-Benz and Eat Out, with once-in-a-lifetime luxury prizes up for grabs. To see the videos and enter the competitions, visit


Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and chief judge, said, “This year the nominees amazed us with the scope of their imagination. In addition to pushing boundaries, chefs also told stories on the plate and made local ingredients the hero. This celebration of our country’s top produce and people will continue at the restaurant awards ceremony, set to be the best Sunday lunch of the year.”

A limited number of tickets is available for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at a price of R1 495 per person. Bookings can be made via For enquiries, contact or call 021 417 1257.


Visit, for details of all the nominees for this year’s awards and connect with Eat Out on Twitter (@Eat_Out), Facebook ( and Instagram (@eatoutguide).





Issued by MANGO-OMC on behalf of the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards


For more information contact:

Naomi Willemse

021 447 8048


About Eat Out


SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide seventeen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple media platforms.


The revamped magazine launched in 2014 includes the Eat Out 500, a power list of great restaurants across South Africa, as voted by a panel of food and restaurant industry experts. In addition to the restaurant reviews, the dynamic format also features content on influential local foodies, trends and South Africa’s favourite restaurant dishes.


One of the cornerstones of the brand, the Eat Out Restaurant Awards celebrate the best of the South African restaurant industry. Held annually in November, the ceremony honours the country’s Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year, and winners of a host of other categories.


At the centre of the brand is the website,, which is updated daily and supported by a newsletter, mobile app and strong social media presence, including Twitter (@Eat_Out), Facebook ( and Instagram (@eatoutguide).


The 2016 Eat Out magazine, filled with professional reviews and curated content on South Africa’s top 500 restaurants, will go on sale in November after the awards.