Dr Susanne Reuther (Kitchen Aid Africa), Rueben Riffel (head judge), Rutendo Ruth Marovatsanga (award recipient) and Richard Lyon (One&Only CT).
It was a promising moment indeed for 26-year-old Rutendo Ruth Marovatsanga when she scooped the prestigious Young Star Chef of the Year award at the One&Only Reaching for Young Stars project for 2018, held recently.
As part of her prize, Marovatsanga will be flying to Dubai to take up a three-week intense mentorship experience at the One&Only The Palm and The One&Only The Mirage in Dubai.
The award includes a week working in various restaurants under the wing of executive chefs, Laurent Thierry Eric Michel and Patrice Schildowski.
In all, Marovatsanga will experience culinary presentations in 12 bars and restaurants, one of these being the three Michelin star restaurant, Stay by Chef Yannick Alléno.
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Marovatsanga also gets a five-month work experience opportunity in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at Winslow’s Tavern.
This top heritage restaurant is housed in an historic Federalist building in scenic Wellfleet and run by South Africans, Chef Patron Phillip and Tracey Hunt.
Marovatsanga also picked up the award for Best Starter and the Purple Ribbon Award for Best Main Course, for which she collected a R5, 000 cash prize.
Marovatsanga said, “This work experience is going to change my life. I thank my teachers at Private Hotel School for everything they have taught me and for the encouragement to excel and grow.”