Working with uniquely South African flavour combinations, experimenting with different ingredients, measurements and cooking styles, but most of all family fun were the highlights at the Secret Tribe Chief Cook competition recently held at the Olive Branch Cooking School in Fourways, Johannesburg.
15 family teams from across Johannesburg came together to create culinary delights and compete against each other to create the best Gourmet Burger and the most delicious plate of Loaded Fries. The teams were made up of a variety of combinations (mother-and-son, mother-and-daughter, father-and-daughter as well as grandmother-and-granddaughter), who went all out to win the top prizes in each category. The event was part of a competition for Spur’s loyal Secret Tribe members – an exclusive club for kids aged 12 years and younger.
Each team was given two challenges. The first challenge was to create a Gourmet Burger, working with the famous Spur burger patty and sauces, as well as a variety of toppings to create the ultimate burger. For the second challenge, each team was tasked to create a plate of Loaded Fries, making the fries the star of the show and not just a side.
In each round, the teams were judged on their ability to work together, as well as the taste of their food, what toppings they used, how well the flavours worked together and how they plated their food.
The ‘Best Burger’ challenge was won by a father-and-daughter team, Desmond Golding and 10-year old Layla, who cooked their patty to perfection and used a delicious combination of sauces and toppings. Mother-and-daughter team, Radia Bhamjee and 11-year old Kaylah came a close second.
Mom-and-daughter team Nobuhle Tshabalala & 9-year old Esihle were awarded the first prize for their plate of Loaded Fries. The runners-up were mom-and-son team Tokelo Mashego and 9-year old Neo.
“This was our sixth Chief Cook event and once again the contestants had so much fun in the kitchen. Our lives are so busy and this event is an opportunity for families to slow down, spend time in the kitchen making great food from scratch and enjoy each other’s company. As always it was really difficult to choose the winners!” says Joe Stead, Creative Director from Spur Steak Ranches. “Thank you also to Spur Sauces, McCain’s, Ceres and Freddie Hirsch who partnered with us to bring families together in the kitchen”.