Words Hadeel Mohamed
After scooping an impressive 35 golds, silvers and bronzes in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, South Africa is hoping to add more medals to its collection as it competes in a rather different global contest: the Culinary Olympics.
Chefs from all over the world are gearing up for Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung 2012 – better known as the Culinary Olympics – taking place from October 5-10 in Erfurt, Germany.
South Africa's culinary team has represented its country since 1980, and today is ranked tenth in the world. Most recently the team impressed at the Culinary World Cup in Luxemburg, taking seven silver medals in hot kitchen, seven silvers in cold table, a silver medal in the individual showpiece section and three bronze medals for individual entries.
In preparation for the Olympics, the team has been practising diligently for four days a month at the Centre for Culinary Excellence in Johannesburg. Chefs will be marked on teamwork, practical skills and that essential flourish of creativity.