By: Tasneem Amos

White star in collaboration with Royco and Move magazine, hosted their annual Stokvel cooking challenge, which formed part of the annual Move magazine’s Stokvel event. The event took place at the Durban Jewish Centre on sunny Saturday, 10 March 2018.

Stokvel groups across the country were given the opportunity to enter the competition, to flare their culinary skills. Three finalists from each region were chosen to battle it out amongst themselves to earn a spot in the final, which will be held in Johannesburg later this year. The winning group will earn themselves a share of R50 000.00, which will go towards their Stokvel.

The three Stokvel group regional finalists from KZN were:

1.       Umkomazi women’s club, which was represented by Vuyi Nyuswa, Fidelia Mtshali and Lungile Nkala.

2.       Sizanani women’s club, which was represented by Nomusa Mkhize, Funeka Nyathi and Nozipho Dube

3.       Ingede women’s club, which was represented by Ntombi Mkhize, Ntombenhle Bam and Ayola Bam

The Stokvel groups had 45 minutes to create a starter, using White star super maize meal with Royco and a vegetable. They had access to an open pantry and their stations were well equipped. Dishes like a pap pocket with sweet potato, an egg plant mealie burger and a pap patty were created in the first round. They brought it!

The groups then had 1 hour to prepare a main course; however, this time had a mystery basket with ingredients that they had to cook with. They also had access to the open pantry.

The teams were judged and awarded points based on the following criteria:

·         Taste

·         Creativity

·         Presentation

·         Team work

·         Use of the ingredients

Celebrity Chef’s Siphokazi Mdlankomo, Lucia Mthiyani and Muzi Sibandze, together with random move readers, were the judges.

The aroma’s filled the Jewish centre and all three groups put out chef-worthy dishes. The creativity and infusion of ingredients and spices, together with their plating made the event a delight to witness. One really was exposed to how versatile both White star super maize meal and Royco are and how well both products work together.

Like many of its kind, there could only be one regional winner.  All the points were tallied and the Umkomazi women’s club reigned supreme. They will join the regional Cape Town, Gauteng and Limpopo winners in Johannesburg, to battle it out for the final prize.

We wish them all the success.

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