Soweto Stokvel wins the title at 2016 Cooking Challenge!

The competition was fiery, but success was sweet

  • by Spotong
  • Aug 10, 2016
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The penultimate finals of the 2016 Stokvel Cooking Challenge, sponsored by White Star Maize Meal and Royco®, had stokvel groups competing against each other to win their share of R50 000 in cash this past Saturday, the 4th of June, at Three Star Cash ‘n Carry in Rustenburg. Love Thy Neighbour Women’s Club, the stokvel group from Soweto in Johannesburg, were on a mission to win and they indeed bagged the title as they won this year’s cook-off competition.

“This is a dream come true and the happiest day of our life! It was our wish to take our cooking careers to the next level,” said Cynthia Ngidi from Love Thy Neighbour stokvel.

Love Thy Neighbour faced tough competition against Reiteretse Stokvel (Centurion, Gauteng), S’nako Stokvel (Umtata, Eastern Cape) and Masisizane Club (Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal) – who had also won the semi-finals in their respective regions. The celebrity judges – singer, actress and White Star celebrity chef, Lucia Mthiyane, and MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo were incredibly impressed by Love Thy Neighbour’s exceptional culinary skills. Love Thy Neighbour tantalised the judges’ taste buds with their fish curry, 3 robot pepper pap and steamed veggies starter and their lamb stew, pap with Royco® soup and honey pumpkin main.

The penultimate finals of the 2016 Stokvel Cooking Challenge, sponsored by White Star Maize Meal and Royco®, had stokvel groups competing against each other to win their share of R50 000 in cash.

“It has been a wonderful journey and we are so proud of the finalists who have been chosen to participate in this ultimate challenge,” said White Star Marketing Manager, Mokhele Makhothi. “All the competing stokvels make a difference in their communities, proving that by coming together and working as one, they can achieve a great deal.”

Renowned judges Lucia Mthiyane – singer, actress and White Star celebrity chef – and Siphokazi Mdlankomo – 2014 MasterChef SA runner-up – had to make tough decisions in choosing the finalists. Now the four successful teams will have to put their best spoons forward in preparing the most creative and tasty dishes using White Star Maize Meal and Royco®.

The stokvel teams’ stories began when they submitted a recipe of their choice, photographs of their stokvels along with a motivation letter, showing why they should partake in the Stokvel Cooking Challenge. From over 600 entries, 12 teams were chosen to compete in the semi-finals, with these four top stokvels coming out on top to represent their respective South African region:

““It has been a wonderful journey and we are so proud of the finalists who were chosen to participate in this ultimate challenge, all the competing stokvels make a difference in their communities, proving that by coming together and working as one, they can achieve a great deal,” said Lucia Mthiyane. 

“I was looking for a team who are creative and can think outside of the box, a team that knows how to create flavor in their dishes and have beautiful presentation and plating skills,” added Siphokazi Mdlankomo. “All stokvels have proven that they can create tasty and delicious dishes."