SA Academy of Culinary Arts takes the cake in 2015 ClemenGold Pâtisserie Challenge

ClemenGold is delighted to announce Courtney Barnard, a pâtisserie student at the SA Academy of Culinary Arts, has taken gold in this year’s ClemenGold Pâtisserie Challenge with her gorgeously decadent Millefeuille ClemenGold. Catherine Cousins Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine was awarded second place for her enchanting ClemenGold Kiss.

This is the second year that ClemenGold has hosted its pâtisserie competition, which calls on student chefs from selected culinary schools to create their own sweet treat with ClemenGold being the star ingredient.

“We are thrilled with how this competition has evolved over the past two years and with the high quality of the entries. It is such a pleasure working with the next generation of South African patisserie chefs,” says Michelle Kruger, ClemenGold brand director.

A total of 24 excellent entries were received from 12 pâtisserie schools around South Africa. All the recipes were submitted to professional pastry chef, Martjie Malan, to ascertain the integrity of the recipe, use of the various ClemenGold elements, taste and flavour, and the technique used.

From this, six finalists were chosen. These six recipes were recreated by Chef Martjie and presented with the actual recipes to a tasting panel of professional chefs, including Errieda du Toit, Jacques Erasmus, Eric Labuschagne. The judges assessed the entries against the same five criteria, with their scores counting 75% towards entrants’ final scores.

These six recipes were also recreated and photographed by professional foodie and photographer, Hein van Tonder, and the images uploaded to Facebook and Instagram. Online users’ votes for these images counted 25% towards entrants’ final scores.

The cherry on top for Courtney Barnard was an R8 000 cash prize and R10 000 for her school, SA Academy of Culinary Arts. Catherine Cousins was awarded R4 000.