Chopsie’s Pub was on fire last weekend when 10 eager participants entered the second round of the Kapana Cook-Off in the capital.
Participants and supporters are all eager to see who will come out tops come the finale on 27 August. From the 10, five contestants, Phillipus Haihambo, Adelaide Ndipwashimwe, Francina Fredrika, Melanie Mwanyekange and Susanna Shimbomwe went through to the final round and will now be battling each other at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair on 27 August to determine the last man or women standing.
This year, Meatco sponsored the boneless silverside cuts of meat and Nedbank Namibia provided contestants with the necessary utensils and ingredients to showcase their cooking talent. With bystanders cheering on, fires were lit and the preparations were underway.
This round only had two male contestants, Eugene Jansen and Phillips Haihambo.
Jansen said, “It’s my first time participating in a kapana cook-off and it was a last-minute decision to enter the competition so I am a bit nervous but very excited nonetheless.”
As the competitors prepared their grilled meat, we caught up with Melanie Mwanyekange, who works at the Office of the President. “This is also my first time competing in a kapana competition and I’m having so much fun. I brought along a special ingredient, which is homemade dried chilli that I will use in my salsa today. I just hope the judges like it.”
For this round, Chefs David Thomas, Alina Iyambo and Tina Kashuupwa facilitated a transparent judging process during the competition and each participant received a Certificate of Participation for their contribution to making this event a success.
Sanet Prinsloo, President – Namibian Chefs Association, expressed her appreciation, saying, “I appreciate the fact that you, as participants, have taken the time to share a truly Namibian experience with us today. Kapana brings people together and today we’ll have the opportunity to taste your uniquely prepared dishes. Good luck to you all and have fun.”
Nedbank started the Kapana Cook-off competition two years ago as a platform to bring Namibians together to celebrate diversity, being Namibian and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Eyeing top spot… Participants in the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off last Saturday.