McCain calls for entries in tribute to Good Taste Competition

 It’s time for all student and professional chefs in South Africa to be inspired by McCain’s new sides and enter the 2016 McCain Tribute to Good Taste competition – the ultimate pairing challenge – for top cash prizes of R10 000 and R15 000 respectively.

“Our Tribute to Good Taste competition is called Pair Off because we’re looking for the best pairing of flavours with McCain as every chef’s perfect partner,” explains Rob Stevens, Managing Director of McCain Food Service (SA), who adds that the most innovative, tasty and practical application of a selection of McCain’s new products will earn top scores from the judges.

Entrants need to create recipes that pair two of the three popular new McCain sides – Creamed Spinach, Mashed Butternut, and Mashed Cauliflower – and one McCain potato or sweet potato product with any of the ingredients in the online competition basket ( to create a perfectly paired starter and main course. Both dishes must be balanced in flavour and texture and the McCain products must be highly visible.

Criteria that the judges will take into account include overall taste, presentation, practicality, preparation time, ease of menu implementation and product usage, and the dishes must be suitable for application in the casual dining environment.

The closing date for entries is 12 August. Four finalists in each category – student and professional chefs – will be selected for the final cook-off at Infochef in Johannesburg on 31 August where they will be paired off to compete against each other. The top student chef will win R10 000 and a Yuppiechef voucher and the top professional chef will win R15 000 and the McCain Tribute to Good Taste and title, joining the long list of 14 winner’s names on a floating trophy that proudly been passed on since the inception of the competition in 2003.

“We’re excited to see what our innovative and enthusiastic chefs will come up with in this competition,” says Stevens. “In our many years of working with chefs in South Africa, supporting them with great products and sound advice, and running competitions to bring out the best in them, we have always been impressed and delighted by their amazing creativity and their excellent insight into what works in the South African foodservice industry. We wish every entrant the best McCain luck for their recipes.”

Entry forms and more details of the competition can be found on the SA Chefs Association website,