Here’s what went down at the crowning of the new DRUM Food ambassador
It’s official! Our celebrity judges have crowned the ultimate foodie – we’ve got all the juicy details of the culinary showdown that took place at Capsicum Culinary Studio in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Hundreds of talented cooks entered but there could be only one! After a series of judging and deliberating, the top 12 finalists were selected and jetted off to Johannesburg for the cookoff to find the DRUM Food Ambassador in association with SA Pork.
Clad in their aprons and looking like professional foodies, our finalists were ready to wow the judges with the entries that got us salivating. All a feast for the eyes and unique – with one thing in common: a crowd-pleasing pork dish.
The judges – celebrity chefs Zola Nene and Mogau Seshoene (best known as The Lazy Makoti), Capsicum cooking school lecturer Chef Ukhonaye Mconi and SA Pork’s Marieta Human – were ready to do the taste test. It’s a tough job but someone had to do it!
Ultimately, Liziwe Matloha, a wife and mother of three, was not only named the DRUM Food Ambassador, but she was also the audience favourite after receiving more than 20 000 votes from our DRUM readers, earning her an additional R5 000 in cash from SA Pork.
“She had perfectly balanced meals in terms of texture and flavour – they tasted amazing and looked great,” Marieta said.
The gleaming home cook revealed about her epic won, “You know, I really didn’t expect to win, if I’m being completely honest with you. And throughout the cooking process, so many things were going wrong, from not having my piece of pork to prepare to not having the right tools, nothing going according to my plans.
“I decided that since I’m definitely not winning this competition, I might as well have fun with it. I was having so much fun and some of the camera crew even asked if I’m taking this seriously,” Liziwe revealed with a giggle.
The spirited foodie will be sharing her recipes and techniques while collaborating with the DRUM food team.
“I’m so grateful to DRUM magazine and Pork SA for this opportunity, I really appreciate it and the fact I got awarded this much for something I love doing is even more heart-warming. I can’t wait to share everything I know and learn from as many people as I can,” she revealed, wiping tears from under her glasses.
Liziwe won a one-year contract worth R100 000 and will create recipes for DRUM’s print and digital platforms.
All the 12 finalists also received a cash prize from SA Pork to reward them for making it to the finals.
Nada Hermanus was awarded with the pork dish of the day – a title specially created to recognise the skill and craftmanship of the contestant. She revealed, “I cannot believe the judges decided to honour my dish. I was just trying something different and I didn’t want to make anything too complicated. What a lovely experience and what a lovely group of people, definitely moments to treasure for a lifetime.”
Congratulations to all our fab foodies. It was an exciting journey finding the DRUM Food Ambassador. We’re excited to see what next year brings – start perfecting those dishes!