Caesarstone announced the two Kitchen Designers of the year at the official awards ceremony held at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town.

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Congratulations to Kim Hansen and Beth Gillitt, who took the title of Caesarstone Kitchen Designers of 2014, also winning R50,000 each for their innovative kitchen designs in the Comfort and Luxury categories respectively. Beth Gillitt won the title in 2012, while Kim Hansen was a 2012 finalist. Both designers hail from Kitchen Classics, Durban, with Beth recently moving to Abu Dhabi after being headhunted for a kitchen design position there.

Every year Caesarstone invites South African kitchen designers to submit their year’s kitchen designs featuring Caesarstone for a chance to win amazing media exposure as well as enticing prize money. The judging process is blind and completely independent, preventing bias towards any design company or designer. This year entrants had to submit their kitchen designs into one of two categories depending on their overall value – Comfort (under R100,000 in value) and Luxury (over R100,000 in value).

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Judge Bradley van den Berg, producer of Top Billing and the Expresso Morning Show, says,

Beth’s kitchen design had many ticks in my boxes: I enjoyed the use of materials; I liked that it was warm; I liked the contrast of materials and I also liked the fact that it brought a lot of light into the kitchen with the use of the windows.

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On winning her category in the competition, Kim Hansen says,

“It’s fantastic to get recognition for something that’s a real passion for me. I find working with clients to design beautiful kitchens is a very rewarding process for me. Now I just need to decide what to do with the prize money!”

Bradley van den Berg comments, “It’s a kitchen you would typically see in small apartment. What I like about it is it’s not a typical island – they made a feature of it. The kitchen is striking and has almost become a furniture piece as opposed to a kitchen. One of the things when you have such a small space is to be able to have a kitchen that forms part of the living room and seamlessly flows from the one to the other is always a good feature to have in a home.”

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The ceremony was an intimate one held at South Africa’s number 1 restaurant –The Test Kitchen. The sixty guests were served a 5-course food and wine pairing during the afternoon, with all of the major decor and design magazines in attendance, as well as luxury foodie and design brand representatives.

Caesarstone encourages all kitchen designers, architects and interior designers to submit their kitchen designs featuring Caesarstone. Lisa Aspeling, says, “This competition is an excellent platform for getting your work exposed to the world and could be a springboard for your career as a kitchen designer”, she says.

Marketing director for Caesarstone South Africa, Trevor King, says, “South Africa is rich with design talent and we’re hoping to tap into that and promote excellence in kitchen design in this country through this competition. I would encourage all professionals designing kitchens to submit their work next year – you never know what might happen.”