Apr 18, 2011
The baldies are back and they are hunting high and low for the country’s best of the best to be crowned as the new 2011 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors!
One was born in Grahamstown, the other in Soweto. The one likes sipping white wine while nibbling on delicate smoked trout sandwiches, while the other enjoys a good beer with a T-bone steak. They might be worlds apart in many ways, but there is one thing that they categorically agree on – and that is that there aren’t many things in life as good as a first rate traditional South African boerie on the braai. Do you have a recipe for a unique boerewors so exquisite that it could seduce the tastebuds of both the entertainer and food connoisseur, Nataniël, and the kwaito artist and musical poet of note, Mandoza?
Then enter this year’s Shoprite and Checkers Championship Boerewors competition before the closing date on 17 June. Apart from earning the sought-after Boerewors Crown, the winner will also drive away in a brand new TOYOTA Hilux 2.7 Double Cab Raised Body Raider!
Anyone with an exceptional traditional boerewors recipe can enter – the Championship Crown has been conquered by housewives, butchery managers, and last year even by a 13-year old primary school learner!
Make sure, though, that your recipe isn’t just any beef sausage – it has to be a traditional boerewors. The South African Chefs Association (SACA), a recognized authority on food in South Africa, will take charge of the judging processes this year, and they will be making sure that all entries adhere to strict guidelines for making the real thing:
To be traditional, boerewors must contain at least 90 percent meat - always containing beef, as well as lamb or pork or a mixture of lamb and pork and the fat content of the meat mixture may not exceed 30 percent. Furthermore, the distinctive combination of spices like coriander, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper as well as fluids like vinegar, water and Worcestershire sauce are what differentiates boerewors from other variants. So, if you want to qualify for Shoprite and Checkers’ competition, please ensure that your recipe is valid.
Leading up to the final participants will face-off in approximately 80 regional rounds that take place countrywide on Saturdays 13, 20 and 27 August. Winners of the regional rounds face their toughest adversaries in ten provincial rounds on Saturday, 17 September 2011.
The highlight of the competition is the Grand Finale at Sun City on 8 October 2011 where all ten provincial finalists go for gold in a last bid to determine who will wear the Boerewors Crown. Finalists will enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Sun City, including transport, tickets to Skouspel and accommodation.
Shoprite and Checkers are proud of South Africa’s boerewors tradition and celebrate it every year by sponsoring the Championship Boerewors Competition. The supermarket chains’ meat markets are famous for the outstanding quality of their meat and the group is continually on the lookout for new recipes and ideas so consumers can enjoy only the best quality and variety. The annual Championship Boerewors competition plays a key role in helping the Group to achieve this aim.
Entry forms are available at any Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper Meat Market or enter online at www.championshipboerewors.co.za.