April 3, 2024

‘Plant-Based Chef of the Year’ – Competition Entries Now Open!

The SA Chefs Association is excited to announce that entries for the ‘Plant-Based Chef of the Year’ competition are now open.

The competition occurs live at The Good Life Show, which takes place 31 May to 2 June 2024 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Not only will the winners, in both the junior and senior categories, be named ‘Plant-Based Chef of the Year’, but they will also be given the opportunity to take part in the 2028 Culinary Olympics.

If you think you have what it takes, click here to enter now!

For further details, visit the SA Chefs Association’s website.

Competition Criteria

  • Upon registering for the competition, all participants to submit: ID, Proof of SA Chefs Membership, Letter of Motivation, Resume and Portfolio
  • All participants must be registered members of the South African Chefs Association in order to compete in the competition.
  • All dishes prepared in this competition must be 100% vegan/plant-based; no animal products are allowed.
  • Competitors should possess fundamental culinary skills necessary to execute their chosen dishes effectively and demonstrate originality and creativity in their dishes.
  • Participants should demonstrate good sportsmanship throughout the competition.


Competitors may choose to enter one or more of the following categories:

  • Hot Kitchen – Individuals
  • Exhibitions – Culinary Arts & Pastry Arts.

Judging Criteria

Dishes will be evaluated based on taste, presentation, creativity, and adherence to the vegan/plant-based requirement. A panel of esteemed judges will evaluate each dish and select the winners.

Click here to enter