Congratulations Matt Maree on winning the RCL Foods Young Chef and first-ever Young Baker competition.


Each of the talented winners took home their share of the total R110 000 cash prize after successfully overcoming the challenges that tested their cheffing and baking skills at the RCL FOODS kitchens in Durban.

The SA Chefs and SA Bakers associations ran the competition, with Chef Adrian Vigus Brown, SA Chefs’ Competition Director, as the overall head judge.

For the finals, Young Chef competitors submitted recipes for a restaurant main course and an innovative dessert course before the competition, which they cooked with a mystery basket starter on the day.

Nicole Bowes and Matthew Maree (OK 2015) from Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town achieved over 90% in the finals, taking home the gold medal and R15 000 each. This result is a feat that is not often seen – even among the most seasoned chefs.

Well done Matt!