Siz­zling into the top 10

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East Lon­don’s own Markum Lewis, 46, has his eyes set on be­ing crowned as South Africa’s boere­wors cham­pion at this year’s Sho­prite Check­ers Cham­pi­onship Boere­wors com­pe­ti­tion.

This comes af­ter the Ama­linda SUPERSPAR butchery man­ager from Egoli, Buf­falo Flats, made it through to the top 10 af­ter en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion three months ago.

He said he had to make up his own recipe to en­ter.

“I have been in the butchery busi­ness for many years. This is my dream and by be­ing part of this com­pe­ti­tion, I am chas­ing my dream.

“Be­ing in the top 10 is an amaz­ing feel­ing. I was very emo­tional when they called and told me I had made it through be­cause this is my pas­sion, it’s my dream and I could fi­nally live it,” he said.

The fa­ther of two fell in love with cook­ing while still young and said he used to read recipes books as a child. This helped him gain con­fi­dence in ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent recipes.

“I say to young peo­ple: al­ways be­lieve in your dreams and put God first be­cause with him, all things are pos­si­ble,” he said.

Lewis said he owed his success to his men­tor, the late Claude Ge­orge, who helped har­ness his skills.

“He taught me my butchery skills, as well as ev­ery­thing about how to make boere­wors. He showed me the ropes and sent me to a butchery school,” he said.

Lewis dreams of en­ter­ing MasterChef, as well as open­ing a butchery school for the un­der­priv­i­leged in the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sho­prite Check­ers Cham­pi­onship Boere­wors com­pe­ti­tion web­site, prizes up for grabs in­clude a brand new Toy­ota Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider worth more than R500,000.

Lewis leaves next week to de­fend his dream of be­ing crowned South Africa’s boere­wors cham­pion at the grand fi­nale, which will take place in Cape Town on Wed­nes­day.

Pic­ture: SIPHOKAZI VUSO

LIV­ING HIS DREAM: Markum Lewis is rep­re­sent­ing East Lon­don in the Sho­prite Check­ers Cham­pi­onship Boere­wors com­pe­ti­tion

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