Spanish Evening

Spanish evening to reveal winner of a trip to Madrid

Jackie Cameron
The Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine will host the Spanish Festival of Food on 12 October 2018 from 18h00.
— Jackie Cameron

 Apart from a fun-filled evening of tantalising cuisine and vibrant entertainment, the event provides a worthwhile opportunity for local chefs to enter the Perfect Paella Prize competition that carries a remarkable prize of a trip for two to Madrid, by courtesy of ‘Crossways Travel Studio.’ The winner will be announced on the night. There are second and third prizes as well. Guests, too, could go home with one of the many lucky-draw gifts.

Hosting this occasion - with a cooking competition - is very exciting. I value seeing amateur chefs displaying their talents. There are many creative home cooks out there and this is an opportunity for them to reveal their culinary skills. The competition is based on a single, well-known dish – namely paella – so contestants will have to make a meal that stands out from the other competitors’ entries. We will be looking for the traditional flavours of a paella and would also like to see that ‘something extra’. Presentation of the finished dish will count, as will the techniques competitors adopt during the cooking process. The latter will demonstrate the contestants’ ease in a kitchen environment. I have invited celebrity chefs to judge the entries.

 Guitars and castanets will fill the air with lively melodies that promise to encourage guests to enjoy a colourful Spanish experience. Alma Flamenca dancers, in vibrant costumes, will swirl and stomp to pulsating tunes from a local, South American band - and fire dancers will demonstrate their skills. Cornelia Puler is happy to be bringing this event to Hilton. She says it’s an amazing opportunity for her dancers to show off their skills to an appreciative audience.

 Spanish food, prepared by the students at Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine, will include spicy chorico sausage and the sweet flavour of sangria – a popular Spanish ‘punch’. With summer on the way I suggest you try my recipe.

 To enter the Perfect Paella Prize cooking competition, send an email with a picture of the final dish and the recipe to by the 5th October 2018.

Guest tickets at R350 include a welcome glass of sangria; paella; churros with chocolate sauce and entertainment. For details phone: 0829644620, or go online,

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Food assistant and recipe developer: Chef Christine Burgess
Photos taken by:  Christine Burgess

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