Vusumuzi Ndlovu, a 26-year-old sous chef from The Pot Luck Club pop-up at The Marabi Club in Johannesburg, was recently announced as the S Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Africa and Middle East semifinal winner. By finishing ahead of five other local semifinalists hand-selected by Alma, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian cuisine, he will now advance to the global finals in Milan in June 2018. "I decided to enter again this time around because I wanted to prove a point to myself," he says. "I did it in 2015 but didn’t do as well as I hoped. So I tried a different approach and was confident in the process and the dish. I went for it." The regional challenge took place at the International Centre for Culinary Arts in Dubai. It featured a distinguished jury of chefs, including Sascha Triemer (Dubai), Marthinus Ferreira (South Africa) and Dominique Grel (Mauritius). Semifinalists prepared signature dishes based on their adherence to the competition’s...

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