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Beast and Shabba Test Their Skills in the Kitchen

Former sports stars, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira and Siphiwe Tshabalala, have been putting their cooking skills to the test in the AEG Charity Cook-Off challenge, which was recently held in Johannesburg.

The pair teamed up with Xoliswa Ndoyiya, the former personal chef to the late Nelson Mandela, as they tackled one of Madiba’s favourite dishes, preparing it with AEG’s latest range of premium kitchen appliances. The celebrated dish that had to be prepared: Kingklip/Yellowtail with creamy sauce on roasted vegetables, with mango and rice salad.

“With this challenge, we wanted to celebrate some of South Africa’s heroes and our nation’s love affair with delicious home-cooked dishes,” said Michelle McGowan, AEG’s Head of Marketing. “Creating enjoyable eating experiences has always been the driving force behind our product innovations. To help the Beast and Siphiwe create their masterpieces, both contenders had the opportunity to use appliances from our latest catalogue, including our highly anticipated AEG air fryer oven – which recently hit South Africa’s shores.”

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Mtawarira, the former Springbok prop, was excited to learn a new recipe that he could later treat his family to.

“Since retiring from professional sports, I have been enjoying a bit more time in the kitchen preparing hearty meals for my family, and of course, I was really looking forward to squaring up with my buddy Siphiwe, turning up the heat in the ultimate cook-off,” said Mtawarira

Tshabalala, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star, though, was ready for the competition.

“My friend Tendai is a great cook, but I was determined to create the winning meal and clinch the prize. I made sure to practice my skills off the field and in the kitchen before the big challenge,” said Tshabalala.

Despite struggling a little with preparing parts of the seafood meal, both contenders fought hard and completed their dishes, but the judges were finally won over by the Beast’s efforts. However, Mtawarira conceded the prize to Tshabalala, as he felt that he himself, as one of AEG’s regional ambassadors, had a little more practice with the brand’s products than Tshabalala, and that it would only be fair to let his friend win.

Tshabalala walked off with the very first AEG Cook-Off trophy and received an R80 000 donation for his charity, the Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation, which works to help promote grassroots sports and education in underprivileged areas.

“The day was a great success and the contenders gave it their all,” said Ndoyiya. “It was a very hard decision as both the Beast and Siphiwe cooked from their hearts and were focused throughout in delivering flavourful dishes. Well done to both of them. The challenge brought back so many lovely memories of my time cooking for Madiba and I’m grateful to AEG for providing this opportunity to cook for good.”

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