This years Coastal Living Bru Food, Wine and Lifestyle Festival was all about bringing the elements – fire, wood, water, metal and earth- together in an explosion of culinary delights. The festival hosted an artisanal food and wine market and various cooking competitions throughout the three nights, proving once again why the North Coast has the best food experiences to offer.
The Fleur de Cap “So you think you can cook Ballito style?”, a cooking competition consisting of eight teams of one pro chef and one amateur chef that had to create a smashing dish representing one of the elements, was extremely popular with the foodie crowds.
After two rounds of furious cooking the team comprising of pro chef Raynor Damons from Fairmont Zimbali Resort and amateur chef Lori Cockroft took home the coveted first place with their winning dish, inspired by the elements of water and earth. Damons walked off with a Smeg Appliance worth R20 000 and a marketing and publicity package by Fab Mags to the value of R105 000 and Cockroft won a R5000 Hirsch voucher and a R10 000 cash prize.
Aspiring young chefs had their chance of impressing the panel of judges too, with Fine Young Cooks Award, back for a second year. The budding chefs had to whip up a tasty dish with the help of an International Hotel School student with Jessica Siedle taking first prize on Tuesday night, Keanu Dekker on Wednesday night and Melissa Landman on Thursday night.
This year saw the addition of a new cooking competition thrown into the Coastal Living Bru mix, the Ballito Cake Boss. Ballito’s top amateur bakers had to bake and decorate their best cake creation representing one of the five elements. At the end of the tight competition it was Jacobson’s colourful aquarium creation that sealed his first prize win of a Kenwood Cake mixer to the value of R10 000.
Fashion also shared the stage with food with a Simply Younique fashion show and the finalists for the Miss Ballito 2014 gracing the glittering catwalks. The two fashion shows were choreographed by the award winning designer, stylist winning designer, stylist and model scout Kevin Ellis. Spectators were also treated to a Designer Competition and fashion show, with Genevieve Tomkinson Daw winning the first prize of a Skills Development Course , 21 steps to retail, valued at R30 000 sponsored by KZN Fashion Council.