Cooking up a storm for charity

2015-10-20 06:00
Brenda Vernon, Maghboeba Fortune, Shamiel Wareley, Gwynneth Steven and Gladys Joosten, nurses at Groote Schuur Hospital, cook in a competition to raise funds for charity.
PHOTO: 
Tiyese Jeranji

Brenda Vernon, Maghboeba Fortune, Shamiel Wareley, Gwynneth Steven and Gladys Joosten, nurses at Groote Schuur Hospital, cook in a competition to raise funds for charity. PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

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Groote Schuur Hospital staff members went all out to show off their skills in cooking at a cooking competition last week.

The cooking competition was a team building effort. They had to make all kinds of dishes which were judged and then sold to raise funds for charity.

This is the third year that the cook-off competition has taken place.

This year’s theme was “All around the world”, to the dishes and presentation had to showcase what other countries cook.

Twenty teams took part and they were given three ingredients that they had to use in whatever dish they were making. The ingredients were pineapples, brinjals and sweet potatoes.

Alaric Jacobs, Groote Schuur spokesperson, says the staff members were very excited about the day.

“All departments came out to compete against each other. It really helps them a lot and strengthens team building. When they come to work the next day they all feel fresh and have lots of energy. We really work in stressful environments so we must take time out of our daily work to do something to de-stress. We are really thankful to our sponsors who made the day possible for us,” says Jacobs.

Eleanor Gerbasch, a nurse at the hospital who took part in the cooking competition, says it wasn’t all about winning.

“This is about helping other people, mostly helping disadvantaged children. I went all out so that people can buy from me and I will be able to do my part in helping those who are struggling. It’s part of my life to be there for others. I had to go the extra mile and make things more beautiful out of my own pocket because I’m all about helping. It really makes me happy knowing that I did something extra special for those in need,” she says.

Gwynneth Stevens, who is also a nurse, said on the day they were excited and looked forward to the rest of the day.

“It’s good team building and not only is it about us but we will be able to help other people as well. It’s a good thing and the best initiative for us as well to de-stress and it’s working very well because we are doing what we really love. It promotes working well together because we had meetings before the cook-off on how we will do our things and it made us work together and work as a team to see everything come through,” she said.

After three hours of cooking the teams’ efforts were judged. There were different prizes for various categories.

Andiswa Zanele, one of the judges, said at the competition that not everyone could win as they had specific things they were looking for.

“I’m looking for presentation. Does the stall draw me closer, does it make me want to eat their food? They have to be clean and everything has to be set out nicely. As for the food, I have to taste it. It doesn’t matter how much spice you put in, but I should be able to taste the food and that for me will be the winner for the day,” she said.


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