Robertsons to Celebrate Centenary with Traditional Cuisine Cook-Off Competition

  • Celebrity chef Joseph Seeletso to act as mentor and judge on the day
  • Chefs will vie for the coveted title of Botswana’s Best Traditional Chef

In a grand celebration of a century-long legacy, Robertsons Herbs & Spices is marking its 100th anniversary with a unique and culturally-rich event: a traditional cuisine cook-off competition featuring some of Botswana’s finest chefs.

Styled the “Robertsons Food Festival,” this milestone event will take place on 29 June 2024 at The Pavilion Restaurant at Fairgrounds in Gaborone, promising a day of culinary excellence, community spirit, and celebration of Botswana’s rich gastronomic heritage.

Diverse and flavourful
“We put out a call to action for local chefs to submit videos of themselves cooking their favourite local dishes using Robertsons products, and the response was overwhelming,” said Bronwyn Mangera, CA Sales Marketing Executive, in an interview.

“The traditional food cook-off is the first of its kind that will highlight the diverse and flavourful dishes that make Botswana’s cuisine unique. We also wanted to create a platform for local amateur chefs to start their culinary dreams, and they will win amazing cash prizes.”

The Cook-Off: A Culinary Showcase

The competition will feature 20 teams of contestants for the grand finale. Each finalist has to assemble a team of four people, including themselves, to go head-to-head with other contestants to create a series of dishes that celebrate traditional Botswana cuisine.

The event will feature celebrity chef Joseph Seeletso, who will act as a mentor and judge on the day, as well as renowned Chef Thulani Moyo, who is Head Chef at The Pavilion, as well as other experts.

Dishes will be evaluated based on creativity and presentation in the judging process.

Vibrant community event

“In addition to the cook-off, attendees can look forward to a performance by Han C and lots of on-the-spot prize giveaways while watching our contestants compete to be crowned Botswana’s best traditional chef,” Mangera said.

The 100th-anniversary cook-off promises to be a memorable event, celebrating not just the brand’s longevity but also the rich culinary heritage of Botswana. The festival will be a vibrant community event with free ticket giveaways either won in store during promotions or online on the CA Sales pages.

The event is organised by the CA Sales Marketing Division on behalf of Robertsons Herbs & Spices brand. Partners are The Pavilion Restaurant, Sefalana, and CA Sales.