Young chef to watch: The 2017 Eat Out Rising Star

Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn, the 2017 Eat Out Rising Star, is making waves at Umhlanga’s hottest fine-dining restaurant with confident, seasonal food.

Kayla-Ann Osborn with Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen. Photo supplied.

Before opening The Chefs Table in May 2016, Kayla-Ann headed up the team at Trafford’s in Pietermaritzburg, after completing her training at 1000 Hills Chef School in KwaZulu-Natal.

The trailblazing young chef has since been impressing Durbanites with her refined technique and plating skills, wielding the latest fine-dining trends to create dishes from seasonal ingredients.

A dish at The Chefs Table. Photo supplied.

Kayla-Ann’s style of cooking is all about flavour, with a goal of emphasising and enhancing ingredients and using the most sustainable options available. Inspired by the season’s bounty, the chef changes the menu daily. Think fresh local oysters with apple-and-chilli oil, roasted lamb rib with smoked marrow bones, wood-fired prawns with garlic butter foam, and textures of lemon posset with caramelised lemon rind and deconstructed lemon meringue.

A dish from The Chefs Table. Photo supplied.

Head judge Abigail Donnelly praises the young chef’s remarkable progression in her cooking and in running a restaurant: “Kayla-Ann displays impressive confidence in her food, which I am sure will take her on a successful journey to be a top chef and restaurateur”.

A dessert from The Chefs Table. Photo supplied.

For more details on Kayla-Ann’s delicious cooking, read the full review of The Chefs Table.

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