Sep 15, 2008


Eighty of the country’s best Boerewors makers battled it out on 13 September in the provincial rounds of this year’s Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition. And now finally, after a period of 6 months during which more than a 1100 boereworsmakers went through 3 elimination rounds, and 270 judges tasted some 44 000 pieces of boerewors, the day has come when the new Boerewors Champion will be selected to own the coveted title for a year. 

Ten provincial winners will be travelling to Sun City for the much anticipated grand finale that takes place in the Valley of Waves on 4 October where the winner will drive away with a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.7 Double Cab Raised Body Raider and the much sought after 2008 Boerewors crown! 

The ten finalists for the Sun City Grand Finale are: 

* Western Cape – Nigel Andrews from Eerste River, a Meat Market manager at Shoprite Mfuleni. 
* Gauteng (two finalists) – Roberto Vanacore from Ennerdale and Attie Kühn from Delmas. 
* Eastern Cape – Henri Bester, a 17-year old from Port Elizabeth. 
* Northern Cape – Elizabeth Lesley, a housewife from Kuruman. 
* North West – Yolanda Janse van Vuuren from Brits. 
* Limpopo – Johnny Erasmus from Tzaneen, a Meat Market manager at Shoprite Tzaneen. 
* Mpumalanga – Nic Jordaan from Bethal. 
* Free State – Dewald Rabie from Kroonstad, a Meat Market manger at Checkers Kroonstad. 
* KwaZulu Natal – Daneel van Dyk from Newcastle, a Regional Meat Market manager for Shoprite Checkers. 

Top food experts Martin Kobald (award winning chef and President of the South African Chefs Association), Peter Veldsman (author of several cookbooks and owner of Emily’s Restaurant), Carmen Niehaus (YOU and Huisgenoot Food Editor), Owen Jullies (Director of the South African Chefs Association), Jenny Morris (also known as “The Giggling Gourmet” and owner of a successful catering company) en Francois Ferreira (co-presenter of Huiskok/Glanskok on RSG and owner of the Eden Hospitality and Training Unit in Oudtshoorn where he trains new generations of students in the wonders of our culinary heritage) will act as official judges during the final at Sun City. 

The 2008 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors will receive the South African Chefs Association’s Seal of Approval, ensuring that South Africa’s best loved braaiwors is the best of the very best! 

Having themselves experienced the anguish and exhilaration of this year’s very challenging Championship boerewors competition, almost the whole of Hillside will take the opportunity to also join in the excitement of the final, with well-loved 7de Laan characters San-Mari (Amalia Uys), Emma (Bertha le Roux), Vanessa (Ingrid Paulus), Felicity (Melanie du Bois), Aggie (Mimi Mahlasela), Alyce (Vuyelwe Booi), Kabelo (Sekoati Tsubane), Lukas (Hendrik Cronjé), Errol (Christo Davids), Xander (Theodore Jantjies), Vince (Jacques Blignaut), Hilda (Annelisa Weiland), Maria (Themsie Times), Diederik (Hennie Jacobs), Marko (Francois Lensley), Paula (Diaan Lawrenson) and Mandla (Freedom Hadebe) all participating in the events of the day. 

Shoprite Checkers presents the Championship Boerewors challenge annually as it assists the supermarket group in staying abreast with consumer needs. By inviting customers to put forward recipes for the best tasting boerewors that will appeal to the majority of people, the supermarket group is able to provide a quality product that reflects the value on offer in the Meat Market departments of all Shoprite and Checkers stores. 

Those who will not have the opportunity to taste the supermarket group’s new Championship Boerewors at Sun City will fortunately not have to wait too long to obtain it. From 15 October this product will be available under the 2008 Championship Boerewors label in the Meat Markets at Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores country-wide.

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