Ready, Steady Cook … or Braai!

Two sensational competitions at the Mzansi Food & Drink Show

by Tia

The highly anticipated Mzansi Food & Drink Show, which looks set to become South Africa’s biggest culinary extravaganza, takes place at the Kyalami Convention Centre from June 15 to 17 this year.

The brainchild of RX Africa, the company behind some of the country’s premiere events including Decorex JHB, Comic Con Africa, Africa Travel Week and FAME Week Africa, this inaugural mega food and drink festival will incorporate the hugely successful Coffee & Chocolate Expo and the popular Fire & Feast Meat Festival with new additions such as the Fine Food & Wine Show, the Bar & Good Spirits Showcase and the Mzansi Food Market.

Along with the numerous sponsors and exhibitors already on board, the show’s organisers have announced two exciting competitions set to take place during the show.

The Chief and Charge Corporate Cook-Off Challenge in which company teams consisting of a CEO, COO, CFO or CMO, together with a company colleague and a professional chef assigned to their challenge, will cook off against each other. Each of the three hour challenges will take place in two open theatres on the Fine Food & Wine Show floor, which will be kitted out with work benches, kitchen equipment and appliances and staple ingredients. Teams will work with their assigned chef in advance to plan a three-course fine dining meal with their menus due for submission before Friday, May 31. Within two weeks of confirming their entry, teams will also have the option to challenge a rival company to compete against them after which time the organisers will assign competing teams. Teams will need to provide their own ingredients and any other specialised kitchen appliances and equipment not provided by organisers. Team menus will be tasted and scored out of 60 by three independent judges immediately after the cook-off challenge, with the top two teams competing in the final challenge on Monday, June 17. For more information on how your organisation can get involved in the Chief and Charge Corporate Cook-Off Challenge please email

The Best Braaier in Mzansi. Individual braai stations will be set up for 20 entrants to showcase their preparation and braaing skills. Each contestant will be tasked with cooking a three course meal on the grill – a starter, a main course and a dessert – that is guaranteed to wow the tastebuds of the judges. From May 1, potential participants will be able to submit an entry form via the Fire & Feast Meat Festival social media platforms (FB: @fireandfeastmeatfestival; IG: @mzansifoodanddrink; X: @MzansiFoodDrink) with planned menus an integral requirement of entry submissions.

Tickets for the Mzansi Food & Drink Show go on sale on March 15 and can be purchased by visiting

The Mzansi Food & Drink Show

Kyalami Convention Centre

  • Saturday, 15 June, from 10:00 to 21:00
  • Sunday, 16 June (Youth Day and Father’s Day) from 10:00 to 21:00
  • Monday, 17 June from 10:00 to 17:00

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