The team from CBC Mount Edmund in Pretoria has won Skole Kook.
The first local television cooking programme to focus on Grade 11 school learners with the opportunity to win professional culinary tuition after school has finished.
Skole Kook, (Schools Cook in Afrikaans) broadcast on VIA Channel 147 on DSTV, South Africa’s satellite TV provider, saw 22 schools take part: six from the Western Cape, six from Gauteng, six from the Free State and four from the Northern Cape. The winners, an enthusiastic duo from CBC Mount Edmund in Pretoria, are Solly Bergman and Lusani Nevhutalu.
Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, has long focussed on tomorrow’s consumers in their advertising and promotional efforts. Conrad Fick, Tru-Cape’s Marketing Director, explains: “As a fresh fruit brand we have to always punch above our weight class to grab the attention of young adults who are easily seduced by the large budgets that sugary beverages and confectionary companies invest. When we saw this opportunity to speak to young people already with an interest in cooking, we grabbed it with both hands. Using fruit in cooking also helps expand a market for fruit that isn’t quite beautiful enough to enjoy whole. This is why developing an awareness of the many ways apples and pears can be used in food preparation is important to us. Each of the contestants had to use apples and pears in one of their dishes. Sometimes, and this season is a case in point, hail marks fruit making it look less attractive but no less delicious. And, scientists believe, that one of the reasons why hail damaged fruit is better for you to eat is that the injury makes the fruit compensate by increasing its flavonoids.”
According to Hetta Saunderson of M4 Events, HTS Drostdy Worcester came second while High School Reitz took third position. High School Fichardtpark in Bloemfontein ended fifth in the 13 episodes with high viewership.
The main prize is a bursary to the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch.
As the main sponsor, Tru-Cape had a branded Tru-Cape team wearing company colours and cooking with apples and pears.