It's time! The Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition called for designers and homeowners to celebrate their beautiful kitchen designs and share them with South Africa.  Qualifying kitchens were installed in South Africa over the past 18 months, and featured Caesarstone surfaces, of course! To find out who the judges selected as their top 2 imported kitchens and top 6 local kitchens, watch Episode 1 (below) of the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year series being featured on The Home Channel (DsTV 176) from 1 October. Enjoy!   Read more about the judging day in the post below and subscribe to our YouTube channel to automatically keep up with the series.  
The natural beauty of Stellenbosch was enough to inspire the judges and film crew all day!
The natural beauty of Stellenbosch was enough to inspire the judges and film crew all day!
 
Inspired by the magnificence of creation, the film crew couldn't resist shooting this location.
Inspired by the magnificence of creation, the film crew couldn't resist shooting this location.
  Designers and homeowners entered their kitchens into the imported kitchen category, or the local kitchens category.  These categories were created to allow local designs to shine, even though they often have smaller budgets than imported kitchen projects.  With 99 entries in the mix, the judges had their work cut out for them!
The Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm played host to the judging day.
The judges met at Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch to examine photographs, plans and elevations of each kitchen and hand-pick the 8 finalists (2 imported, 6 local).
 
Cavalli's gorgeous setting and beautiful architecture took our breath away!
Cavalli's gorgeous setting and beautiful architecture took our breath away!
  Bradley van den Berg of Cardova Productions, Bielle Bellingham, former editor of Elle Decoration, Mor Krisher, head product designer for Caesarstone International, Philip Richards, the original competition winner and brand director for blu_line, and celebrity chef, Karen Dudley, made up our incredible judging panel.  They each brought a unique perspective to the discussion.
The judges battle it out for the top 8 kitchens.
The judges battle it out for the top 8 kitchens: Philip Richards, Bielle Bellingham, Bradley van den Berg, Mor Krisher and Karen Dudley.
 
The judges viewed the entries first digitally, then in print to determine the top 8 finalists (2 imported, 6 local).
The judges viewed the entries first digitally, then in print to determine the top 8 finalists (2 imported, 6 local).
  "What I love about this competition is that it gives local designers a platform to shine and homeowners a chance to show off what is often their pride and joy of the home," says Caesarstone presenter and advertising manager, Lisa Aspeling.  "The kitchen is so central to our everyday lives that I think it's important to celebrate the beauty that comes from a well-designed kitchen, as its impact on family life and aesthetics can be huge," she says. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes post to get the inside scoop on what it takes to shoot an episode of the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition.
The judges and presenters celebrate over a job well done!
The judges and series presenters, Lisa Aspeling and Danilo Acquisto, celebrate over a job well done!

2 Responses

  1. Roslyn Kinnear Reply

    Entered! Answer is A

  2. Veronique McClenaghan Reply

    Hi, is it too late to enter my beautiful caesarstone kitchen??

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