Chef Deena, from Masterchef SA-acclaim and Aarya Restaurant, has been confirmed as one of the judges for the Spice Master Cooking Competition.
The event takes place from 1pm on Saturday, 15 September, during the first annual Diwali India Lifestyle Festival at Montecasino.
The Indian Spice Master Cook Off competition sponsored by B. Nagiah’s will see 10 entrants re-creating their favourite recipe using either mutton or chicken.
B. Nagiah’s are celebrating 100 years of business this year and were recently awarded the best chicken sausage product in KZN. Out of the 12 butchers that Indian Spice put to the test B. Nagiahs reigned supreme!
The first prize winner will walk away with a full lamb, R500 spice voucher and R2000 cash; second prize receives half a lamb, R300 spice voucher and R1000 in cash; and third prize with half a lamb, R200 spice voucher and R500 cash.
The competition chefs will be provided with aprons, caps, pots, spoon, spices and their ingredients. Prana have also come on board to sponsor the cash prizes as well as the mini stoves and fire extinguishers.
In order to enter, entrants must email their full names, ID number and contact details, as well as a list of ingredients and a description of what they would make to firstname.lastname@example.org. The successful candidates will be contacted on Monday, 10 September.
Joining Deena on the judging panel will be Chef Kenny – the newly appointed Executive Chef from Aarya and Edward Chamberlain-Bell from JoziStyle.
Whether you’re celebrating Diwali or you just love the Indian culture, the DIWALI INDIA LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL promises to be a an explosion of colour, taste, sound and texture, showcasing wares and delights from local and international exhibitors.
There is something for the whole family including rickshaw rides and for the adults, a hookah lounge area. Of course, an Indian shopping experience is never complete without the delicious tastes of India.
The festival takes place from 7th to 16th September at the Outdoor Events Area at Montecasino in Fourways. Tickets are R30 per person, with children under 12 getting in for free.