Win a kitchen makeover by entering for Kitchen Maestro!


Kitchen Maestro 2012 winner Elke Gerber and Pick n Pay regional marketing manager Russell Booth. PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE HOLMES

NELSON Mandela Bay home cooks can cook their way into the spotlight by entering Walmer Park Shopping Centre’s second annual Kitchen Maestro competition.
This amateur chefs’ competition, held in association with Weekend Post, kicks off next Saturday October 12.
If cooking sets your world on fire then this could be your big break … a chance to show off your culinary prowess and earn the title of ultimate Kitchen Maestro to boot.
Walmer Park, Weekend Post and sponsors are looking for the Bay’s best amateur chef – and the overall winner will receive a marvellous kitchen makeover from Adel Kitchens and Cabinets, among other prizes.
There is no entry fee and the competition is open to anyone over 16 who is confident they can cut it in the kitchen.
To enter, fill in the entry form in today’s Weekend Post (there’ll be one every Saturday) or download it at
Completed entry forms must be e-mailed to or else hand-delivered to the information kiosk at Walmer Park, along with a photograph and recipe of any meal you have prepared at home.
Five entrants will be chosen to compete against each other in a series of live weekly cook-offs to be held at the centre every Saturday, starting next weekend.
The entry deadline for each weekly cook-off is at noon on Wednesday that week.
So, to be eligible for the first cook-off next Saturday, your entry must reach Walmer Park by no later than this Wednesday at 12pm.
During each of the Saturday cook-offs – five in all before the semifinals on November 16 and finals on November 23 –an invited chef will demonstrate a dish to the audience and that weekend’s five contestants.
Each contestant will have their own work station from where they will have to cook the chosen dish within a specified time using the chef’s recipe – all under the watchful eye of Kitchen Maestro’s head judge, chef Dewald Hurter, of Chez Patrick in St Francis Bay. Ingredients will be provided by Pick n Pay.
Kitchen Maestro cook-off rounds will take place from 11am to 1pm every Saturday in Walmer Park Shopping Centre’s promotions arena.
Each week one winner will be chosen for the semifinals and from those five the top two will make it to the finals on November 23.
“Last year’s winner, Elke Gerber, went head to head with her co-competitor in the finals, Liza Vermaak, in a three-course pressure-test style cook-off,” says Danelle Bhana-Coetzee, Walmer Park’s PR and marketing manager.
“And if MasterChef season three comes along I will definitely be giving that a go too!” says Elke, who will keenly follow this year’s Kitchen Maestro competition.
For more information on the competition contact Danelle Bhana-Coetzee on (041)368-2690 or e-mail Also check Weekend Post every Saturday for updates and recipes from the competition.

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