Finalists from the UK, France, Turkey, Peru, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the USA participated with our own Richard Ellis, on the right.
Richard Ellis, current second year student at 1000 Hills Chefs School, recently participated in the 11th Délifrance Sandwich World Cup. One of only ten finalists from around the world, Richard proudly represented South Africa at the cook-off in Paris on 14 March.
His creation was “The Gourmet Gatsby”. The Gatsby sandwich is unique to South Africa, and this was a great opportunity to share something of our heritage internationally. Traditionally a Gatsby is a French loaf filled with “slap tjips” and/or last night’s left-overs, and they are so large they are best eaten shared. The Gourmet Gatsby takes the best of this traditional idea with a base of fried potato wedges, and adds layers of delectable gourmet flavours, with a nod to our Cape Malay heritage.
Délifrance, a bakery company that serves French style bakery products in over fifty countries around the world, has encouraged this global challenge to explore new flavours for their bakery cafés around the world. As the company is not yet represented in South Africa, they shipped a full sample range of their breads to our school by courier so that Richard could select the best base for his gourmet filling.
Although the ladies clinched the top three places at the final event, we’re super-proud of Richard, who says he learned a great deal from the experience and thoroughly enjoyed Paris. He will definitely be entering more international competitions, and believes South Africa certainly has the talent to achieve internationally.