15 Families recently took part in a fun cook-off competition that gave the kids a chance to express their creativity in the kitchen.


The 15 family teams where from across Cape Town. They 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.

The event promotes quality family time as well as an opportunity to learn helpful life skills in the kitchen.

Working with an amazing range of retail sauces and spices and uniquely South African flavours, the kids got to experiment 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 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.

Sources: Supplied
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