Food Network Announces MC, Judges and Teams at National Potjie Dayon August 11, 2011
Food Network, the 24/7 food entertainment channel on DStv, recently announced that it will promote and host an annual National Potjie Day to celebrate the age old tradition that today has become part of South Africa’s national culture.
The first National Potjie Day will be held on Saturday, 27 August 2011 at Sun City and Food Network is calling on all South Africans to dust off their potjies and join thousands of like-minded foodies to showcase their best potjie recipes on the new holiday.
A Food Network National Potjie Challenge will be staged at Sun City Cabanas on 27 August with six teams competing for a gold, silver and bronze potjie trophy.
Jenny Morris, one of South Africa’s most well-known and respected chefs will be MC at the event. Food Network yesterday (Wednesday, 10 August) announced that the channel has signed Jenny to help develop and host Food Network’s first SA commissioned show in the country.
The six competing teams at the National Potjie Day Challenge are the winners of a Potjie Competition that was held on Saturday, 22 July in Fourways, Johannesburg. More than R176 000 was raised for charity with 70 teams competing for a Potjie Trophy. The winning teams that will compete at Sun City are:
Team 1: Bubbles Bubbles Groils the Grubbles
Team 2: 4 Wheels
Team 3: The Shabeen Team
Team 4: The Potjie Clubbers
Team 5: Potjieliceous
Team 6: Hats and Ho’s
Three chefs from Sun City will be the judges at the Food Network Challenge at Sun City on 27 August. The chefs are Nicholas Froneman – Executive Chef The Palace, Phineas Lepuru – Executive Chef Sun City Hotel and Andrew Robertson – Executive Chef Cabanas.
Potjie lovers throughout South Africa are encouraged to organise and host their own competitions on National Potjie Day and to post images or video footage of these events to www.facebook.com/FoodNetworkSouthAfrica.
Nick Thorogood, Managing Director of Food Network EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) says, “It’s fantastic to have Jenny as our MC and other well-regarded judges on board to help us celebrate this delicious food on National Potjie Day. We’re really excited about establishing an event that truly represents South African food and culture.”
The tri-pod pot or “potjie”, is a typical African cooking utensil, dating back to the early 1800´s. It retained its popularity and today is found in almost every South African household.
For more information on National Potjie Day, visit http://www.foodnetworktv.com/article/potjie-day.html