Choppies national cook-off finale fires up a storm

The Choppies Supermarket chain’s “National Cook-Off” contest, which initiated last month, August will come to a resounding close this Sunday with the winning amateur chef scooping P10, 000 cash. Choppies had embarked on a national cooking competition which commenced at the end of August and will end on the 24th September 2017.

According to a communique from Choppies’ Regional Marketing and Communications Manager, Otsile Marole, the competition will see the winning amateur chef pocketing P10 000.00 after completing the 3 round cooking competition. “Entry in to the competition was free of charge and commenced from the competitor posting a picture on the Choppies Facebook page (@Choppies on Facebook) of any traditional food that they had cooked and plated,” said Marole before adding that of all the 450 entrants, only 7 entries qualified for the next round of competition which will entail a live cook-off to be hosted at Choppies Hyper Northgate from the 23rd – 24th September 2017.

Choppies’ Regional Marketing and Communications Manager, Otsile Marole

Marole noted that there will be an elimination round which will see only 3 competitors battle it out to reach the final stage the next day (Sunday). “It is during both of these live cook-off days that the public is invited to come and witness the participants in action as well as the live judging process at Choppies Hyper Northgate Mall café,” said Marole.

She added that since inception, there has been three judges who have embarked on the journey with Choppies from day one with the leading judge being Chef McJon Mosenene – a seasoned culinary specialist with a Diploma in Culinary Arts from Kenya Utalli College, Nairobi, Kenya and also boasts 20 years’ experience in the cooking industry.

The other chef is Banusi who has been a judge on several cooking competitions including the Lobatse Beef Festival braai offs and the Debswana cooking competitions as well as Chef Faith, an upcoming Chef with an appetite to share her dishes with the world. Currently, Faith writes a column in the Midweek Sun newspaper where she discusses different recipes and dishes. “She has extensive experience, having cooked at restaurants in Botswana some of which are Johnny Jalapeños, Rodizio and Cappuccinos,” said the media release in part.

Chef McJon Mosenene

Marole noted that the Choppies National Cook-off Contest is an initiative by the regional supermarket chain to engage the public in promoting and celebrating Botswana traditional foods and products especially this independence month of September. “To accomplish this to the fullest, Choppies partnered with Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB), Cresta Lodge, with the main sponsor being Unilever with their Knorr and Robertson’s spices and brands.”

Marole added that those wishing to get more information on the Choppies Cook-Off Contest can do so by visiting the Choppies Website ( or by simply following everything that happens on the contest by liking or subscribing to the Choppies Facebook page (@Choppies).

“Should one not be able to make it to want the live cook-off stages on the weekend of the 23rd – 24th September 2017 at Choppies Hyper Northgate café, please tune into the live streaming of the live cook-off on the Choppies Facebook Page. Choppies would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who entered in the competition and wish the final seven participants the best of luck in the upcoming competition stages.”

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