Caesarstone Announces Kitchen of the Year Finalists
Eight designer-homeowner finalist pairs have been selected in the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition, placing them in the running to win two R50,000 cash prizes.
Bradley van den Berg (executive producer of The Expresso Morning Show), Bielle Bellingham (editor of Elle Decoration), Beth Haynes (two-time former winner of the Caesarstone Kitchen Designer competition), Mor Krisher (head of product design for Caesarstone International) and celebrity chef Reuben Riffel convened in Cape Town to select the top eight kitchens out of 127 entries in a blind judging process.
Kitchens from all over South Africa featuring Caesarstone surfaces, and installed in the past 18 months, were eligible to enter the competition. Finalists were selected based on photographs and plans supplied by entrants, identifiable only by a number given to each entry. “The judges have absolutely no idea who designed or owns each kitchen entered,” says Caesarstone South Africa’s advertising manager, Lisa Aspeling. “It was a very exciting process to observe the judging team narrowing down the field of entrants in such a tough competition,” she says.
Caesarstone is proud to announce the eight finalists of the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition:
|Albert & Natalie Wessels||Tamara Karsten||Spotlight Kitchens|
|Andrea Neer & Mariaan van Zyl||Espresso Design|
|Mampho Majola||Shiku Kiarri||Sterlings|
|Tom Creamer||Adolf Conradie||Optima Kitchens|
|Christo & Irene De Wet||Adolf Conradie||Optima Kitchens|
|Clive Shiller||Charlotte van der Haer||Kitchen Classics|
|Marlin & Priya Naicker||Kim Hansen||Kitchen Classics|
|Diane Heron||Lyall Wilcox||Bristle et Hues|
The second round of judging will see the judges selecting their top three kitchens from the group, using video footage to enjoy more in-depth views of each kitchen design. The top three finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony in November at Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, when the winning kitchen will be announced.
The winning homeowner and designer will win R50,000 each, while each of the top three finalists will take home an exciting hamper from KitchenAid.
“Our judging panel is incredibly diverse, with each one of the judges bringing their own special angle of expertise to the competition,” says Caesarstone South Africa marketing director, Trevor King. “Caesarstone is proud to be sponsoring the competition and helping to support local kitchen design excellence,” he says.
The Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition will be broadcast in an insert series on The Home Channel starting 21 September and will run for 10 weeks, with episodes available on Youtube and other social media channels. Each finalist kitchen will be given in-depth coverage in weeks 2 to 9, with the awards ceremony broadcast in episode 10.