Grilling his competitors — Durban butcher makes SA’s best boerewors

2013-10-22 00:00

WHEN Bob Makheta (37) from Chatsworth, Durban, decided to participate in the 2013 Shoprite Championship Boerewors Competition, he only had one goal in mind — to give South Africans a unique and balanced flavour.

Makheta took the title of boerewors champion earlier this month after defeating nine other finalists. The grand finale was held at Sun City’s Valley of Waves.

Makheta, who is a relieving butchery manager for Shoprite in KwaZulu-Natal, drove off with a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.7 Double Cab and the much sought after 2013 boerewors king crown. He also received a R2 500 holiday voucher, a R2 000 cash prize and R750 worth of vouchers.

“The competition has completely changed my life in ways I could have never expected. I was thrilled to learn that I had won a car and that all my hard work had finally paid off. This was the first competition I have ever entered and to win it was an incredible feeling,” he said.

Makheta believes that his recipe won because he did not put the recipe together thinking only about the competition, but also about giving South Africa a unique boerewors taste.

“I believe when you make a product, you must not think about profit, but rather think about the consumer … I told myself I will do this for South Africa so everyone would taste how I believe boerewors should be made.”

When asked about his interest in boerewors making, Makheta said he was surprised to have had things work in his favour despite not having much experience.

“My interest in the competition began last year when a fellow Durbanite won the competition. I believed I could do it too and the odds seemed to favour me this year.”

Makheta said when it came to the combination of spices that he used, he noticed most competitors were using a specific branded spice.

“I made the choice to use a different branded spice, to give them some exposure as well. I felt that if I won, it would be good for their business too,” he explained.

The 2013 Championship Boerewors, produced according to the winning boerewors recipe, hit the shelves of Checkers, Checkers Hyper and Shoprite stores on October 11.

Makheta’s boerwors-making tips

• Good quality meat is essential.

• The best balance of spices needs to be married together to have the perfect boerewors.

• I do not believe in measuring my spices. I like to work with trial and error for perfection.

• You have to make boerewors with the consumers in mind, not for the profit.

• Be different from what everyone else is doing.

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