Chef Callan Austin of Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo won the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award for Social Responsibility at the Grand Finale of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2019 – 2021 in Milan this past weekend. His dish was named ‘The Ghost Net’.
Chef Paul Prinsloo was a Finalist in the Young Chef Academy Award, one of ten chefs. The overall winner was Chef Jerome Ianmark Calayag, representing the UK and Northern Europe.
Chef Marcus Gericke is the Head Chef at Le Coin Français in Franschhoek, and was a Finalist in the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award 2021 for his ‘Remembrance’ dish of a Quail consommé.
Chef Callan sent me information about his winning dish, and what participating in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award for Social Responsibility means to him:
‘Callan Austin from Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic in Cape Town, South Africa was the winner of the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility for the Africa & Middle East region. His signature dish is The Ghost Net.
“To be completely sustainable is extremely hard, especially in a commercial kitchen. You need to be clever in how you go about operating your kitchen. Find intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste and excessive water use.’
“Collaborate with local suppliers to source sustainable and ethical produce, and find ways to utilise your food waste in fertilisers to give back to your suppliers. The goal is to create a successful cycle through mindfulness in the workplace.”
Congratulations to Chefs Callan, Paul and Marcus, all three talented young chefs working in the Cape.
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