It takes years of practice to make good Boerewors but not for an 18-year old student from Wellington in the Western Cape who has aced the unique skill.
Delano Jasper has won the 28th annual Championship Boerewors competition. His boerewors will be available in all Shoprite and Checkers stores throughout the country from Friday, September 11. Second and third place was claimed by Paul Jordaan from Bloemfontein and John Marais from Vredendal respectively.
Jasper battled it out for top honours against over a thousand hopeful entrants over the last few months after the competition kicked off in May. The top ten finalists went head-to-head in a virtual competition in Brackenfell. Jasper walked away with prizes worth around 500-thousand-rand and a bakkie.
“Well, I’m full of emotions. Firstly, I’m excited and I’m happy, I’m bubbling up with emotion I must say the quality meat, especially A-grade meat you should use and the quality of spices, you must also use A-grade spices. It’s the first time I entered this competition, so I really had no expectations, but we had a family challenge to make the finals this year,” said Jasper.
Because of Covid-19, this year’s competition finale was largely a virtual affair. The top 10 finalists joined remotely to oversee the braaiing of their boerewors by chefs Kevin Gibbs and Dion Vengatass, a member of the SA National Culinary Team, and an independent judging panel from the SA Chefs Association once again took charge of the judging process.
Boerewors making is a family passion as Jasper’s mom, Yvonne Blaauw, won the Championship Boerewors competition in 2018. Jasper won a new Toyota Fortuner.