Junior South African Culinary Team
Anri Janse, Veronica Callakoppen and Abubaker Bagaria were lucky enough to each be given a superb set of German-quality Dick Knives.
Knives of excellent quality are essential tools to give each chef the cutting edge, and Dick Knives are of the highest quality. “The weight of the knives are perfect and any chef, irrespective of gender and strength, will enjoy using them,” says Abubaker Bagaria, Bertus Basson’s commis chef during the Global Chef competition. “Due to the sharpness of the blade, the perfect handle fit and the weight of the knife, it was a pleasure to use.” The sponsorship of the knives was made even more special as each knife’s black handle was adorned with the South African Chefs Association logo.
Abubaker also mentioned that at the high level of competition that he was competing in, he could not afford to have hands that were injured in any way, but that after six hours of cooking not a callous or irritation was visible on his hands. He feels that the knives definitely improved his performance, and Veronica Callakoppen agreed, saying “you tend to use less pressure as the knives cut through anything like its butter. They also enhanced my knife skills and increased my speed in chopping, de-boning and filleting. As a junior I constantly strive towards achieving perfection and professionalism, and these knives add to that.”
Veronica adds, “I would say that using the Dick Knives in the competition and future competitions will definitely give us an advantage. I remember watching Anri (Janse) de-bone the lamb during the Hans Bueschkens Junior Chefs Challenge and looking so comfortable – the knife glided through the flesh like a hot knife through butter.”
Anri Janse went on to win a silver medal in the Hans Bueschkens Junior Chefs Challenge.