THE quality of entries for the first period of the Bay Chefs competition has prompted the organisers to create a second entry period for the competition.“This is such an important initiative for our metro, as we try to rediscover what is unique and authentic about our tourism offering in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Shaun van Eck of The Tourism Coach. “Food is such an important aspect of the tourism experience and the phase one entries for the competition gave us a hint of the potential from our past and current cooking styles. “We are excited that this is the start of providing a unique culinary experience that will give us a boost in the amount of social media recommendations that we receive from our current visitors.”The next phase of entries for the competition will run until September 16. Our entrants up to this stage will still compete for the same prizes, and these will be duplicated for the phase two entrants. A new grand prize will be added for the best cook from both phases. The cook-offs between the top five from each entry phase will take place on September 19. The recipes of the winner from each phase will then be published and the public will vote for their favourite. The winner will earn the grand prize which will be announced in early August. The first of our five finalists is Mary Mouton, whose venison casserole reminds her of riverside guitar jamming with good friends. Zamikhaya Patrick Ncanywa remembers that stress made him eat a lot and he remembers his Granny laughing his stress away as she served him ‘isqa-rice.’ Diona Fillis qualified with her favourite Nelson Mandela braai “pasta pot” dish served with rooster brood and braai meat. Nici Lovemore heroes biltong and citrus in her biltong and orange soup, expressing how proud she is of the produce that comes from Nelson Mandela Bay and its surrounds. Seafood completes the recipe line-up as Patty McWilliams remembered an epic dish, given to her by the iconic George Steffen of the Markham Hotel in Whites Road. He would get his fish from the harbour just down the road. PE Express, UD Express, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Alliance Francaise have congratulated the first five finalists and encouraged more locals to enter local recipes so that we can boast about a unique dish that represents our metro.You can enter your recipe on the Bay Chefs entry form that you will find on the PE Express Facebook page. You can also enter online or download the entry forms from www.magnetic.co.za. There is an entry box at the information desk at the Greenacres Shopping Centre. All you have to do is write down the recipe and a few words about a special time that you cooked it.The Bay Chefs competition is supported by Coca-Cola, Greenacres Shopping Centre and Magnetic Storm.