- A young girl emerged victorious in a cooking competition - Pavilion Junior Chef - recently
- Her lamb shank dish had judges praising her skills
- She says that her biggest culinary inspiration comes from her father
A 12-year-old has scooped top honours in a local cooking competition. The title of Pavilion Junior Chef 2019 saw nine young chefs competing to claim it in a series of cook-offs.
Elissa Knighton-Fitt emerged with the win and claimed the prize package, valued at over R100 000. The nine young chefs were selected by a panel of judges to go head-to-head in three cook-offs. The winners in each of these rounds then advanced to the finals.
This year's finalists were Knighton-Fitt, Jessica Henderson and Riya Marimuthu.
The judges in the finale included the Pavilion General Manager, Nisha Kemraj, East Coast Radio Breakfast anchor, Darren Maule, and two other well-known local personalities.
Jessica cooked a lamb fillet wrapped in Parma ham and puff pastry, served with broccoli and green beans.
Riya, who is a vegetarian due to religious beliefs, opted to stay true to her culture and cook a vegetarian dish. She made vegetable breyani with dhall and a cooling raita.
And winner Elissa blew the judges away with her Moroccan lamb shank served with cous cous and grilled vegetables. According to the judges, the lamb shank was perfect with meat falling off the bone.
The young girl won herself a 7-night holiday for four in Mauritius and a gas-electric stove and extractor.
She said that her passion for cooking started at an early age when she used to help her father in the kitchen. She draws inspiration from other chefs likes Nataniël and Gordon Ramsay, but it’s her dad who is her personal food hero.
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