Recently 15 family teams from across Cape Town came together to create culinary delights and compete against each other in the 2018 Spur Secret Tribe cook-off, held at the internationally acclaimed Silwood School of Cookery.
Teams were made up of a variety of duos (mom-and-son, mom-and-daughter, father-and-son and aunt-and-niece); 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.
Working with Spur’s amazing range of retail sauces and spices and, unique South African flavours, and experimenting with different combinations, measurements and cooking styles, but most of all family fun, were the key ingredients of the day.
Each team was given the exciting challenge of making a Gourmet Boerie Roll, working with traditional South African boerewors and creating magic with additional accompaniments like tomato smoor, mielie salsa, fried onions and guacamole. To add a unique twist to their creations, they were also challenged to include their favourite Spur Sauce as a basting.
For the second challenge, teams made Flapjacks from scratch and then plated these as a restaurant-style dessert, before presenting them to the judges.
In each round the teams were judged on their ability to work together, as well as what toppings they used, how well the flavours worked together and the creativity of their presentation.
“This is the fifth time we have hosted a Chief Cook event. We are always overjoyed to see how much fun all the participants have 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 enjoying each other’s company. As always it was really difficult to choose the winners!” says Joe Stead, Group Creative Head from Spur Marketing.
Mom-and-son teams stole the show with Kim Ellman and her 10-year old son Ashton walking away with the first prize in the Gourmet Boerie Roll category. The runners up were mom-and-daughter team Elaine and Roshnay Williams (10).
The best plate of Flapjacks was created by another mom-and-son team, Tasneem Omar and her 12-year old son Mika-eel. Aunt-and-niece team, Linelle Smith and Mia Liebenberg (11), came a close second.
Thank you to Rascals Flavoured Juices, McCain and Unilever who partnered with Spur to bring families together in the kitchen.