Always striving to remain at the forefront of frozen vegetable innovation, delivering tantalizing new menu solutions which inspire menu expansion and recipe excitement to chefs the world over, McCain Foods could be considered the ultimate trendsetter within the frozen vegetable category. Likewise, #McCainTrendsetter is all about chefs standing out from the crowd with their very own trendsetting Tribute to Good Taste.

The talented and tenacious individuals with a passion for setting trends in the foodservice industry who did just that and have been selected as finalists in the Top Student category are:

  • Gontse Meyane (Radisson Blu in Sandton, Johannesburg)
  • Karabo Molatsana (Capital Hotel School in Arcadia, Pretoria)
  • Candice Jordaan (The Fusion Cooking School in Westville, Durban)
  • Lichelle May (Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, Cape Town)

The finalists in the Professional Chef category are:

  • Cherry Pin (Pastry Chef at The Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg)
  • Freedom Khanyile (Sous Chef at the Southern Sun Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg)
  • Dane Herringer (Executive Chef at The Rusty Oak Restaurant at Ruslamere Hotel & Conference Centre, Cape Town)
  • Kirstin Hillemann (Chef de Partie at the Mount Nelson in Cape Town)

All eight finalists will prepare their main course dishes for South African Chefs Association-accredited judges John Boehler (Operations Director of Fedics), Henrik Jonsson (Head Chef at University of Johannesburg School of Tourism and Hospitality), Siyabulela Kobo (Self-employed) and Richard Pearce (Owner at Totally Kosher) who will determine which dish in each category is the next big thing.

The winning dish in both the Top Student and Professional Chef categories will be the dish that stands at the forefront of menu innovation – a symbol of what’s hot in modern food fashion and flair – and incorporating one McCain potato and one McCain vegetable product, exudes quality and freshness, is nutritious, convenient to prepare, appealing to the eye and delectable to the palette – all qualities for which McCain Foods is so well-known in the frozen food category.

The final cook-off will take place at Infochef 2014 at the Nasrec Johannesburg Expo Centre on 02 October 2014.

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