FOOD­IES COOK OFF FOR GRAND PRIZE

Spargs SUPERSPAR crowns Cre­ative Cooks win­ner

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

AROMAS of the cook­ing of de­li­cious meals filled the air as the SPAR Lo­cal Leg­ends Cre­ative Cooks Com­pe­ti­tion, un­der the watch­ful eye of sea­son one MasterChef South Africa par­tic­i­pant and In the Kitchen

with Khaya pre­sen­ter Khayakazi Kepe as judge, took cen­tre stage at Spargs SUPERSPAR on Fri­day.

The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion was Pene­lope Mzamo, who won R10 000 worth of shop­ping at the store. Mzamo com­peted against three other lo­cal con­tes­tants.

Khepe said she had com­peted in the South African ver­sion of

MasterChef in 2012 and was cur­rently pre­sent­ing food recipes and gen­eral ideas on bud­get-friendly meals in a show, spon­sored by SPAR, ev­ery Fri­day at 10.45am on Umhlobo Wenene FM‘s Khanya Giyazana show.

“I was re­cruited by SPAR to be re­spon­si­ble for the Cre­ative Cooks Com­pe­ti­tion to make sure that all stores knew what cri­te­ria to fol­low for the com­pe­ti­tion and to over­see the judg­ing.”

Cre­ativ­ity was the main fac­tor con­sid­ered when it came to choos­ing the win­ner.

“We look at cus­tomer ap­peal which is im­por­tant be­cause some of the stores are go­ing to recre­ate the dishes in their deli so it has to look at­trac­tive to cus­tomers.”

Mzamo’s car­rot dish was sim­ple but its taste, tex­ture, flavour, cre­ativ­ity, cus­tomer ap­peal and vis­ual ap­pear­ance scored high.

The other par­tic­i­pants were beaten by time. “The mut­ton and beef stew con­tes­tants un­der­es­ti­mated the cook­ing time be­cause the meat was still chewy and hard.”

All 113 stores in the SPAR East­ern Cape Group hosted their own Cre­ative Cooks Com­pe­ti­tion, Kepe said.

“The 113 win­ners will go to Port El­iz­a­beth for a gala din­ner in Septem­ber which will be an event to say con­grat­u­la­tions and thank you for sup­port­ing SPAR.

“The of­fi­cial date will be com­mu­ni­cated to the stores, which will in­form the win­ners.”

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

TOP TASTE: From left, Spargs Superspar store man­ager Wayne Kretschmer, judge Khayakazi Khephe, fi­nal­ists Pene­lope Mzamo, Odeg­baro Ife­tayo, Nozuko May, Ab­bi­gail Mun­nik,Thuletu Heshula and judge Nancy Tyaleni at the Spar Lo­cal Leg­ends Cre­ative Cooks Com­pe­ti­tion

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