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  • Updated
  • 25-09-2012

JOHANNESBURG. September 25, 2012 – Joanne Harding and Kerry-Ann Chaston from Cape Town are the winners of this year’s annual South African LG Home Chef Championship.


They have won R 20,000.00, a LG Charcoal Lightwave Oven and an opportunity to compete in the Middle East and Africa LG Home Chef Championship in Dubai in October.

The LG Home Chef Championship, now in its fifth year, is an amateur cooking contest that has become a huge hit around the world. It is one of South Africa’s most popular cooking competitions featuring amateur cooks.

“We are really proud to have been selected as winners and are very excited about competing in Dubai. We plan to spend the next few weeks getting ready to make sure we make South Africa and Cape Town proud,” said Joanne.

Joanne and Kerry-Ann’s winning meal was a Traditional Babotie with a Vegetarian Twist.

The South African leg of this year’s event took place over the Heritage Day long weekend at this year’s Good Food and Wine Show at the Coca-Cola Dome, with the final held on Monday 24 September.

“The LG Home Chef Championship gives passionate cooking enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their skills and have some fun doing it. It also offers an exciting interactive experience that demonstrates LG’s leading edge kitchen appliances,” says Taryn De Vries, Product Manager at LG.

One of the judges of this year’s South African championship included celebrity chef, and the winner of Master Chef Australia, Adam Liaw, who stated that this year’s entrants displayed impressive flair with inventive local dishes and techniques.

“I was very impressed with the number of fantastic local ideas and flavours brought to the table in line with this year’s heritage theme. Overall competition was very tight amongst an impressively high standard of amateur cooks,” said Liaw.

Joanne and Kerry-Ann emerged winners of the South African leg of the competition against semi-finalist contestants Sebastian Matroos and Dumisani Malaza, Jenitha and Kimishka Bugwandeen, and Donovan and Hayley van Rooyen.

Donovan and Hayley van Rooyen were voted runners up and will be joining Joanne and Kerry-Ann in Dubai at the Middle East and Africa LG Home Chef Championship.

The LG Home Chef Championship is the only cooking competition globally that is endorsed by renowned organisations such as the World Association of Chefs Societies and Le Cordon Bleu.

This year’s Middle East and Africa LG Home Chef Championship final will take place in Dubai from 8-10th October 2012. The winning pair will receive a five day return trip to Paris, where they will enjoy a full day Le Cordon Bleu Class as well as a prize of two LG smart phones. The event will include 13 teams from 7 Countries, including UAE, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.