Caesarstone Unveils South Africa’s Kitchen of the Year

After a 10-week series on The Home Channel, Caesarstone has announced the winner of the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition. The beautiful Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch was the backdrop for an exciting awards ceremony where the top three finalists and the winner of the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year title was announced. His first time entering the competition, Adolf Conradie of Optima Kitchens in Johannesburg made history by being the first designer to have two of his kitchens amongst the top three finalists, giving him a 66% chance of taking the title before the awards ceremony even began. But it was the Caesarstone Pure White kitchen Adolf designed for the Creamer family of Steyn City that got him top billing in the competition. “I thoroughly enjoyed every second that went into designing this kitchen and receiving this recognition from Caesarstone for something that I loved doing, it’s a wonderful feeling,” says Adolf. The Creamers enjoy their kitchen because of its unique functionality and how through its design, it brings family and friends together for special moments. Kyle Creamer accepted the award on behalf of his father, Tom Creamer, who comments. They felt as if he helped bring to life what the family had envisaged for this space. Bielle Bellingham, editor of Elle Decoration; celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel; creative director of the Expresso Morning Show, Bradley van den Berg; Mor Krisher, head of product design for Caesarstone International; and former Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year winner, Beth Haynes were the judges behind the selection of the top eight finalists, as well as the final top three. “This year we identified the top 3 designs from amongst the original 8 finalists. They were confident, sexy and as the judges we found them very exciting to explore as examples of top kitchen design in South Africa,” says Bielle Bellingham. The runner up was Adolf Conradie’s kitchen for Christo and Irene de Wet, also hailing from Steyn City. Christo was thrilled to take second place, “Even though my kitchen didn’t win first prize this day will remain a cherished memory – thank you!” Mariaan van Zyl and Andrea Neer of Espresso Design were the design team who took third place in the competition. Mariaan comments, “It’s a great honour to be part of the final round of this competition. I have so much fun doing what I do, but being a finalist is a great reward for the many hours spend with clients and on site.” Each of the top 3 finalists won a hamper from KitchenAid, while the winning kitchen designer and homeowner won R50,000 cash each, as well as media exposure. Look out for the next Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition, opening early 2016, and catch up on the television coverage on the Caesarstone South Africa YouTube channel.  

Andrea-Neer, Adolf-Conradie and Mariaan-van-Zyl
LEFT to RIGHT: Adolf-Conradie, Trevor-King and Kyle-Creamer
Kitchen-Adolf-RUNNER UP: Conradie Optima Kitchens-Christo and Irene-de-Wet
RUNNER UP: Kitchen-Adolf- Conradie Optima Kitchens-Christo and Irene-de-Wet
2nd-Runner:Up-Kitchen Espresso Design Andrea-Neer Mariaan-van-Zyl
2nd-Runner:Up-Kitchen Espresso Design Andrea-Neer Mariaan-van-Zyl
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