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Tuesday, 24 November 2009 23:26

Second Durban Prawn Festival Crowns King Prawn 2009

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{pp}The Durban Prawn Festival cemented itself as an annual event for prawn lovers to look out for after its second successful run at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World in Durban, South Africa, from 12 to 13 November.

Hosted by the South African Chefs Association (SACA) and Imajin Events, the event saw more than 1,000 kgs of tiger prawns, 750 kgs of Aunt Caroline rice, and coatings and marinades from the Unilever Food Solutions product range, being used by leading city chefs over the two days.

The fiercely contested King Prawn competition at the Durban Prawn Festival at SUNCOAST was once again a major drawcard.

It involved twenty of Durban’s leading hotel and restaurant chefs showcasing their signature prawn dishes for the public to taste and critique, along with a professional judging panel of six accredited senior SACA chefs.

In the end, top honours went to Aqua at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, whose chefs Keshan Rambarun, Petrus Madutle and Siphokazi Ndlovu served up a dish titled Prawnology.

The culinary masterpiece featured a prawn bisque, topped with carrot and ginger foam. It was accompanied by a home-made rice puff biscuit, a roulade of smoked prawn, a chilli prawn bite in a rice crumb mixture and a sauce gabriche finished off with three types of caviar – red pepper, yellow pepper and rice and coriander.

Exquisite Cuisine, which caters for Clairwood Racecourse and Grand Manor Gardens, was placed second with its Thai Prawn and Cream Cheese Cup, served up by head chef Leon Hatton-Jones and his team. This delectable dish featured a quiche casing, sticky toffee rice and a dollop of cream cheese infused with fresh coriander pesto, all topped off with a prawn marinated in green Thai paste and laced with fresh curry leaves and basil pesto.

Third place went to Ballito-based Mozambik, which showcased its popular grilled Mozambiquan peri peri prawns laced in a peri peri marinade, olive oil, lemon juice and butter. The dish was co-created by owner Brett Michielin, sous chef Fabio Mangate and catering manager George Geraldes.

In other categories, The Riviera Restaurant at Suncoast Hotel and Towers won Best Stand Décor for its Eastern inspired stand design, while the category of Best Team Spirit was awarded to Capsicum Culinary Studio based in Umgeni Business Park.

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Her first name means ‘luck’ in isiZulu - and for 27 year old Nhlanhla Litabe  of Morningside, Durban, the wheel of fortune spun in her favour when she became the first winner of an all expenses paid, week-long trip to India through the Celebrate 150 campaign hosted by Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World.


Nhlanhla said the announcement was “the best birthday present” ahead of her 27th birthday on Tuesday, 23 November.


“I have never been out of South Africa, although I have travelled to places like Cape Town. I know India is going to be so exotic and beautiful,” she said.


The campaign is part of SUNCOAST’s activities to honour the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in Natal and the birth of this community in South Africa.


The sales consultant at First National Bank said she was planning the trip for mid-January when the festive season was over and everybody else was returning to work.


It would include a week of sightseeing, shopping and tours to Indian hotspots like Mumbai and the Taj Mahal in Aggra.


The trip would be a welcome break for the young woman who juggles motherhood and full-time work with B.Comm. studies through UNISA.


“I am often at SUNCOAST and am a Club Festival member. I heard about a competition where Club Festival members could enter their contact details and till slip into a draw if they’d eaten for more than  R130 at any of the participating restaurants on the premises,” she recalls.


Nhlanhla and her partner Lungelo dined at four SUNCOAST restaurants during October and entered the competition each time.


She said she was “strangely positive and excited” when her winning entry was drawn on Thursday, 3 November.


“Afterwards my friends were so excited and said it was like I knew I was going to win. I was actually reading out the digits along with the MC and praying when he got to the last digit, thinking “please, let it be the number three”. And then – it was! I am so happy!” she said.


Although there have been many requests from friends to take them with her, she will be joined by Lungelo, but would have to leave her three year old daughter Thando in the care of her mother.


SUNCOAST’s Celebrate 150 activities also include a fundraising partnership with Lotus FM where 10 schools will win computers. The gaming promotion includes weekly draws with prizes including cars and cash. There is one other India trip up for grabs.



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