My Cook-Off at The Taste of Durban
31 July 2013 in Taste of Durban
As I mentioned in my last post, I was a winner in a Dstv competition to cook-off against 2 others at The Taste of Durban last Saturday night. Not only that, Himself and I were to stay at The Suncoast Towers for two nights, have free entrance to 3 sessions of the show, enjoy the hospitality at the Dstv tent and be given crowns (the currency at the show) to spend!
The show started on Friday night, the weather was balmy and there was such a good vibe. I participated in the Pick n Pay Canape/Wine pairing.
This was so much fun, the instructing Chef was like an energiser bunny, you really had to concentrate to keep up!
We were very grateful that we had special passes to the Dstv hospitality tent, which was great for taking a break and when Himself got bored, he could park off in front of the big tv and enjoy a free beer, which he maintains tastes so much better!
Of course whilst I was enjoying all the different stands and foods, the fact that I had to cook in front of an audience on Saturday night was much on my mind….I tell you doll!
Photo Steve Yelseth/Taste of Durban
That evening we all met in the Dstv tent and Justine Drake (editor of Pick n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine) told us what we would be cooking, we were allowed to taste the dish and then we had 45 minutes to google/phone-a-friend to figure out the process. We would be cooking Prawn Cakes from Freedom Cafe.
Photo from Freedom Cafe Facebook page
I was pretty sure that there was no potato in the Prawn Cakes and when I saw the ingredients I knew I was correct. We were to be judged on taste and technique. I opted to lightly cook the fish and the prawns before forming into cakes and frying them until they were brown on both sides. The other two contestants decided to mix the raw ingredients into cakes, it turns out that Freedom Cafe do cook the fish and the prawns first.
The judges were Justine Drake and Lucy Makewicz from Freedom Cafe. Sadly they deemed my cakes to be overcooked and Tozi (next to me) won the trip to Taste of London 2014. I didn’t come away empty handed as I received a R1000.00 Pick n Pay voucher and a bottle of champers that didn’t touch sides let me tell you!