Cape Town
30 May – 1 June 2025
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC 2)

26 July – 28 July 2024
Kyalami International Convention Centre

Chef of the Year - Plant-based at The Good Life Show South Africa in association with the SA Chefs Association

As part of its collaboration with The Good Life Show, the SA Chefs Association is thrilled to extend an invitation to all aspiring chefs to enter the ‘Plant-Based Chef of the Year’ competition which will take place live at the show, over the three day event. Not only will the winners, in both the junior and senior categories, be named ‘Plant-Based ‘Chef of the Year’, but they will also be given a coveted place to take part in the 2028 Culinary Olympics.

The competition commences with regional rounds hosted at the Good Life Show in Johannesburg and Cape Town. These regional contests will serve as preliminary rounds to identify the standout chefs in each city. The ultimate winner will emerge through a head-to-head competition, pitting each regional winner against one another. The crowned winner will then earn the prestigious title of South African Chef of the Year – Plant Based Division.

Registrations for the competition will open on 30 March 2024 ahead of the Cape Town event.

SA Chef’s President, James Khoza says: “Hosting a competition such as this gives the participants the opportunity to showcase their flair by experimenting with an array of plant-based products. Things are constantly evolving in the culinary world and, with many consumers opting to embrace a plant-based diet, a competition such as this gives chefs the chance to navigate a new way of cooking.”

Competition Criteria

  • Upon registering for the competition, all participants to submit:
    • ID
    • Proof of SA Chefs Membership
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Resume
    • Portfolio
  • All participants must be registered members of the South African Chefs Association in order to compete in the competition.
  • All dishes prepared in this competition must be 100% vegan/plant-based; no animal products are allowed.
  • Competitors should possess fundamental culinary skills necessary to execute their chosen dishes effectively and demonstrate originality and creativity in their dishes.
  • Participants should demonstrate good sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Competitors may choose to enter one or more of the following categories:

  • Hot Kitchen – Individuals
  • Exhibitions – Culinary Arts & Pastry Arts.

Judging Criteria
Dishes will be evaluated based on taste, presentation, creativity, and adherence to the vegan/plant-based requirement. A panel of esteemed judges will evaluate each dish and select the winners.

Further details coming soon.

The Good Life Show will feature four dynamic events under one roof, giving visitors access to all of them with one ticket:

  1. The Plant Powered Show [Africa’s premier plant-based food, drink & conscious living event]
  2. Natural & Organic Show [Powered by Nature]
  3. The Free-from Show [Embrace the alternatives]
  4. SustainEx [Live and love the sustainable life]

The Good Life Show

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Friday, May 31, 2024, from 12:00 to 18:00
Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 10:00 to 18:00
Sunday, June 2, 2024, from 10:00 to 17:00

Kyalami International Convention Centre, Greater Johannesburg
Friday, July 26, 2024, from 12:00 to 18:00
Saturday, July 27, 2024, from 10:00 to 18:00
Sunday, July 28, 2024, from 10:00 to 17:00

Tickets are on sale at Quicket. One ticket = 4 shows.

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And if you’re interested in showcasing your brand or products, apply to exhibit now. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the sustainable lifestyle revolution.

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Live chefs competition announced at The Good Life Show