Team Namibia Dishes Up Seafood Challenge

Entries are now open for Team Namibia’s Plate of Namibia Seafood Challenge. Amateur Namibian cooks and food aficionados are invited to enter this high-profile competition by submitting their recipes for a three-course seafood menu via before 27 March.

Contestants are restricted to only using Team Namibia ingredients in their recipes to guarantee the local flavouring of their masterpieces.

Culinary experts from the Namibian Chefs Association (NCA) will review all entries and select eight finalists who will be announced on 31 March. Each finalist will receive a voucher from Pick n Pay Namibia to buy their Team Namibia ingredients.

The cook-off finale will take place on Friday, 4 April, from 18h00 at the Namibia Food and Wine Festival, held at the Nampower Convention Centre. Teams of two will cook-off to each win one of the following prize packages, valued at N$65 000 in total: First Prizes: N$10 000 bank account from Standard Bank Namibia, an all-inclusive stay for two at the Pelican Point Lodge, Walvis Bay and a meat and vegetable cooking course at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN). Second Prizes: N$3 500 bank account from Standard Bank Namibia, a stay for two at the Olive Grove Guesthouse, Windhoek and a bakery and dessert cooking course at the PoN. Third Prizes: N$1 500 bank account from Standard Bank Namibia, 4-course dinner for two at The Olive Restaurant, Windhoek and a menu cooking course at the PoN.

Finalists will collaborate in teams of two at the grand finale. And, as an added bonus, each team will be assigned a professional chef to help them perfect their plates for the judging panel. The professional chefs participating are Ralf Herrgott, Chef Lecturer at Polytechnic Hotel School Fortune Kangueehi, MasterChef South Africa Finalist and David Thomas, Head Chef at Lyons de Sables in Walvis Bay and Namibia Chef of the Year 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Lizette Foot, CEO of Team Namibia commented: “Popular cooking shows such as ‘MasterChef’ have created a new movement in food appreciation around the world, and through this competition we aim to inspire consumers to enjoy the wide variety of Namibian ingredients. This year’s competition is themed a seafood challenge to create awareness of our local seafood alternatives as part of our vision to make Namibian products and services part of everyday life.”

Source : The Namibian