’Plain brings the braai ‘gees’

Ricardo Dass (centre) was in high spirits ahead of the competition. With him are team mates Bronwyn Dass and Gavilon Basson.
Ricardo Dass (centre) was in high spirits ahead of the competition. With him are team mates Bronwyn Dass and Gavilon Basson.

Three teams battled it out to be named the champions of the Tshisa-Nyama – the first People’s Post/City Vision Braai Challenge – held in partnership with Suidooster and WaterGate Centre.

Brights Hardware, Elgin Free-range Chicken, Willard Batteries and Vodacom also sponsored the event.

The challenge was held on Saturday 9 November. Two reader teams of three each and a combined team made up of People’s Post and Brights Hardware officials competed.

The reader teams were Rick Ross – comprising Andre van der Vent from Mitchell’s Plain, Luxolo Qwalana from Eerste River and Whealer Heyns from Kuils River – and The Mitchell’s Plain Eatables – comprising of Ricardo and Bronwyn Dass and Gavilon Basson.

Teams were judged on creativity, presentation, flavour, theme and gees.

Each team had to prepare a chicken dish using a secret ingredient: coconut milk.

The chicken, wood, spices and braai equipment was sponsored. Teams needed only to bring their gees.

The event took the form of a scavenger hunt where a team member was tasked to answer questions relating to Brights Hardware and Elgin Free Range Chicken to receive meat, spices and utensils.

The competition was judged by Suidooster characters Gideon Lombard (Stefan Gerber), Theresa Sedras (Mrs Jacobs) and Jawaahier Petersen (Kaashifa). The MC for the event was Marco Spaumer (Tim du Plooy).

Fuzlin Sinclair of WaterGate says they are excited to be part of an event that gives back to the community.

“That is what we are all about,” Sinclair says.

At the end of the day, Mitchell’s Plain Eatables was named the winner.

Team members could not contain their excitement.

“We are ecstatic. This is the first time we have entered a competition and this is our first time winning something like this,” says Ricardo.

“We are going to enter again next year and other teams must look out for us,” says Basson.

Their excitement was shared by Rick Ross team members.

“The event was great fun and we were glad to be a part of it,” says Van der Vent.

The judges commended the home-made peppadew sauce.

Qwalana, who made the sauce, says, South Africans love to braai and will not stop braaing. “This sauce is healthier and will help with weight,” he says.

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