Week 7, on 2 November, started with Chef Stephen Hyde, executive chef at Bronte Hotel and judge at the Zimbabwe Cook Off, demonstrating his dish. The contestants had to replicate this dish as their challenge.
Despite the wind, that managed to blow several of the contestants’ shelters onto the Sam Levy’s Village exit road before being retrieved, the six contestants seemed to grasp the dish they had to cook. This was chicken ballotine with mousseline of chicken, chicken supreme and butternut fondant, drizzled with espagnole sauce.
Contestants were given 70 minutes to complete the challenge, but Chef Hyde said – after his demonstration – that contestants who cook the dish in under an hour will receive bonus points. After this news, the host of the day, Joseph Bunga, managing director of EatOut counted down and sent the contestants to their stations to start butchering their chickens and complete the challenge.
Four of the six contestants managed to finish within an hour, earning them bonus points. Marylin Mnemo and David McCormick did not get bonus points, but did finish before the challenge time ended. The plated works were presented to the judges, and tasting commenced. Final scores were tallied, inclusive of bonus points and contestants were lined up to find out which would not be back for the next week. Marylin Mnemo was the first to be told of her departure, followed by David McCormick – those bonus points must have been important!
Week 8 will require the remaining four contestants, Devine Rwambirwa; Brenda Hewitt-Voue; Amy Mcleod; and Nicholas Fourie, to come super prepared, because after cooking Chef Hydes’ signature dish, they will cook their own signature dish for the judges.
Catch the excitement of the competition tomorrow at 10am, Sam Levy’s car park in front of ProTyre.