Dates: 6 & 7 October 2023

Time: 07h00 – 14:00 | Ceremony Saturday 07 October 2023: 18h30 – 20h00

Venue: HTA School of Culinary Art, 128 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg

Number of Finalists: 7 per category  | Number of Judges: 5

Now in its eighth year, the HTA School of Culinary Art Legacy Chef Competition was created to inspire the minds of young HTA Student South African Chefs. It also allows the students to showcase their skills and impart the latest culinary trends and further test themselves against the challenges of their chosen career.  A further addition to the competition was added to the 2022 event and now a firm favourite, Legacy: The Beginning – this competition was crafted and created for the 1st Year students to start honing their skills and learn the challenges and resilience required for Chef Competitions.

Seven Full-Time Second-Year Students were selected through trials to take part in this prestigious Legacy competition.

The Legacy finalists were:

  • Banyana Monyuku
  • Christine Clark
  • Kayleigh Reddy
  • Michelle Sikala
  • Nomathamsanqa Mataure
  • Rachel Britz
  • Zenith-B Griessel

And the seven Full-Time First-Year Students for Legacy: The Beginning competition:

  • Danielle Wächter
  • Lealtro Valentine
  • Michael Duke
  • Sahil Singh
  • Shea Walker
  • Tatjana Miletic
  • Tiaan Breet

The main objective of the competition, other than that of the educational and fun component offered through competitions, is to expose our students, the next generation of industry leaders, to a wide range of quality products and ingredients and to allow them to incorporate them into high quality cuisine.

The competition was followed by the awards ceremony on the evening of 7 October 2023 and attended by approximately 80 influential hospitality industry members, family members as well as the sponsors.

Selection of Finalists for the Legacy competition.

The Legacy competition finalists are full-time based students who are about to complete their final year on the Two-Year Full-Time Culinary Arts Programme at HTA. They were chosen as semi-finalists for this competition based on their overall performance over a total of 2 years as well as their entry dish submissions. Following a cook-off held at HTA, the seven finalists were then selected.

Judging Panel

The panel comprised of World Chef Accredited Judges, Academy of Chefs Members and Hospitality Industry Experts.

HTA School of Culinary Art thanks them for their contribution to this prestigious event.

Guest Tasting Judges: Chef Heinz Brunner (Judge Convenor), Chef Stuart McClarty, Chef Hector Mnyayiza, Jurgen Klüpper and Chef Elizabeth Ncube,


Awards Ceremony

Each finalist was awarded with a Legacy Competition Hamper filled with various amazing prizes from the contributing sponsors.

LEGACY Winner: Kayleigh Reddy

2nd Place: Rachel Britz

3rd Place: Michelle Sikala

Legacy: The Beginning winner: Danielle Wächter

This year’s Victorinox & Sharp Edge Knife Proficiency Award was awarded to Rachel Britz for showing a high degree of skill with all forms of chef knives.


The event was an even greater success this year and much needed positivity for the students. It was well supported, and the coverage will no doubt assist in achieving the following goals:

  • Embrace and celebrate the talent of home grown young South African Chefs
  • To allow young South African Chefs to put their skills to the test
  • Assist young South African Chefs in profiling themselves and our industry
  • To produce quality food under immense pressure


In conclusion, the annual HTA School of Culinary Art Legacy Competition, has already established itself on South Africa’s Culinary Calendar and HTA School of Culinary Art look forward to hosting the competition for the 9th time next year.

Thank you to all the sponsors and industry guests for your help in making this year’s event a success.

HTA can be contacted on:

011 285 0937/16




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