Knysna Tourism names Green Chef
According to Knysna Tourism Development Manager Glendyrr Fick, the winner of the Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs initiative has been announced. “I am proud to confirm that Eric Ngalo is the winner of the Knysna Green Chefs Community Cooking Event,” said Fick.
“While Eric is a chef de partie at Pezula Resort and Spa, his skills are completely self-taught,” said Fick. “Eric prepared a delicious honey-glazed pork chop with a turnip mouse, wilted mustard greens and avocado salsa during the preliminary round, but he won the judges over with his mushroom and chicken risotto during the final round, held during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.”
“Each participant was afforded an opportunity to cook for paying customers from the Knysna Tourism premises during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.”
“All five of our finalists won a cash prize of R1000.00, a catering and chef’s training course with Kilzer’s Kitchen Basics and participation in the Green Chef’s development initiative,” Fick continued. “And our final winner, Eric, was also presented with a weekend break at the Knysna River Club Resort for two.”
“The Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs concept will encourage local chefs to use locally sourced ingredients to prepare traditional favourites,” Fick explained. “The emphasis is on wholesome food, produced locally, by locals with great care and integrity and love.”
Knysna Tourism CEO Shaun van Eck said it was fitting that the final round of the competition took place during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. “Of course we all know that pearls come from oysters. This initiative has the potential to deliver some bright, shiny pearls! And with participants such as Eric Ngalo, our Green Chefs are sure to become a culinary force to be reckoned with in the Garden Route.”
Knysna Tourism Development Manager Glendyrr Fick congratulated Eric Ngalo on winning the Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs competition.