Last Saturday, immersed in the details and completely focused on the task at hand, the three finalists of the family cooking competition moved around Tanja Grandits’ kitchen with great composure. The top chef and her crew were immensely impressed by how relaxed and self-assured the three children were. On the day of the final, all three proved just how much they enjoy cooking and that they do it regularly.
Leandra, Nick and Julian had to receive the most online votes for their inventive recipes in order to make it to the final. Tanja Grandits was genuinely looking forward to welcoming the three kids to her restaurant for the final cooking experience. After getting to know each other, the top chef explained the challenge. The children were asked to choose five ingredients from a shopping basket containing nine different products: pumpkin, mushrooms, rosemary, fillet of beef, hazelnuts, potatoes, Schlossberger cheese, yoghurt and apples. What would have been a challenge for many, quite literally proved to be child’s play. The young chefs planned their menu with great determination.
The herb garden
Tanja Grandits loves herbs and spices and shared this passion with the three finalists. Making the most of the fine weather, she explored the herb garden with the children and allowed them to sample some of the different herbs. “I was completely surprised by how many herbs the kids recognised. They even picked a few for their menu”, said the chef, impressed.
Back in the restaurant, Head Chef Marco Böhler was already waiting with the meat. The fillet of beef couldn’t put off the three finalists either. “When Mum is busy making hay, I make lunch for the whole family”, explained 11-year-old Leandra. Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, and it was clear that Leandra is a passionate cook who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. The young chef certainly wasn’t short on creativity – in keeping with the season, she opted for a Halloween rösti.