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July 19, 2010

Community cook-off marks a sizzling start to Ubuntu Festival

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Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris with some of the day’s participants. Photos by Deon Gurling

With the marking and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, the call was made to emulate the global icon’s humanitarian efforts, and to give 67 minutes of time in honour of the 67 years of his dedication to social justice. That call was heeded as Capetonians from all walks of life came together in the Atrium of Mandela Rhodes Place on St George’s Mall on Saturday, July 17, for a community cook-off held in aid of the Mother City’s shelters.

Craig Carmichael, of the Three Cities Hotel, encouraged locals and tourists alike to join his chefs in preparing scrumptious soups and stews for the city’s underprivileged. Young and old, experienced and novice, chopped, sliced and diced under the careful supervision of the chefs. Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris provided some comic relief. Verbs such as “julienne” and “brunoise” flitted about as carrots, onions and the occasional finger came under the knife of the volunteers.

Not only did the amateur chefs get their hands dirty with the preparation of the meal, or mise en place for those in the know, but, when done, also placed their handprints on a wall dedicated to the multicultural society Mandela so passionately fought for.

The Ubuntu Festival, which continues today with a symposium on St George’s Mall, is in support of the Mandela Day call for 67 minutes spent in service of local communities. Cape Town Tourism invites everyone to share in this celebration and commemoration, and hopes that the time spent over the weekend, and in the weeks coming, will end up lasting for generations.

See also: 67 minutes of community cooking for Mandela Day – Photos

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