By Confidente Reporter
THE finals of the 2017 Nedbank Kapana Cook-off Competition will take place at the Bix Carwash in Katutura’s Single Quarters ton Saturday, 29 July.
Ten professional chefs and 15 entry-level kapana connoisseurs from across the country will go head-to-head to battle it out at the braai stands for the ultimate prize – N$10 000 for the professional chefs’ winner, and N$15 000 plus a mobile caravan kitchen for the 2017 entry-level winner. In addition, the entry-level winner will also benefit from an all-expense paid SME mentorship programme with businesswoman and Nedbank SME Ambassador, Twapewa Kadhikwa.
The action kicks off at 09h00 and the winners will be crowned between 13h00 and 14h00. The finalists going through to the final round were sourced from across the country, through preliminaries that were held during the past months.
The aim of the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition, which is running now for the third consecutive year, is to promote micro-businesses in the economy, and is one of the ways in which Nedbank provides a platform for Namibians at that level, to showcase their talent.
“This year’s competition is bigger and much better, in terms of prizes than the previous years’. We had the Hospitality Association of Namibian (HAN) and the Namibia Chefs Association help us especially source entries for the professional chefs’ category, which is a first in the history of the competition. With the inclusion of the professional chefs’ category, we wanted to open the competition up to more people, but also to introduce the Kapana tradition to these chefs who are coming from al
ready established restaurants and tourism establishments, with the hope that they will one day including kapana on their menus,” said Elsa Carstens, Nedbank’s Manager: Events, Activations & Micro Marketing.
“Bringing professional chefs and entry-level chefs together, on a platform like this, allows for integration and networking between the two groups of people.”
Gernot de Klerk, Nedbank’s Head: Marketing & Communications, said that coming together around a fire and grilling meat over the coals is part of the fabric of Namibian life, and it is the one thing all Namibians have in common.
“As Nedbank we believe celebrating and promoting kapana is to celebrate and promote the unique way in which Namibians have embraced this culture. Kapana vendors symbolise something great about our nation, in that they show us that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, along with the drive to make things happen, regardless of circumstances. We at Nedbank respect and admire these characteristics in our Namibian entrepreneurs. We hope the kapana cook-off will in its own way help to inspire our fellow Namibians to celebrate the spirit of togetherness,” he said.
Activations for this year’s competition started in May and took place in Swakopmund, Windhoek, and the northern regions. The 2nd runner-up in the entry-level category will walk away with a cash prize of N$10 000, while the 3rd runner-up will walk away with N$5 000. Meatco and Fruit n Veg are also on board as sponsors of the competition.
At the introduction of the Kapana Cook-off Competition two years ago, the attendees heard many different interpretations of what kapana actually means, and what the essence of the word conveys.
There was one constant, and that is that “kapana is the embodiment of the Namibian spirit. It is both naturally and uniquely proudly Namibian”.
The 15 entry-level chefs who will be competing in the finals include Goliath Jaco, Hamutenya Sakaria, Naobeb Dawos, Sofika Lahya, Uazikiza Magreth, Hamukwaya Tukondjela, Hamunyela Triphaina, Iiyambo Mirjam Kandali, Nangombe Anna, Uushini Ignatius, Hengari Bernica, Kahiha Jaqueline, Kistina Eugenia, Perestrelo Henriques, Sebulon Rebekka and Joaquim Avia.
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