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South African Tourism cooks for a cause on Nelson Mandela Day

The South African Tourism team invited Aussie travel industry professionals, trade media and partners for "a cooking session with soul and purpose" on Mandela Day, partnering with food rescue charity OzHarvest to deliver delicious South African culinary favourites to those doing it tough.

The South African Tourism team invited Aussie travel industry professionals, trade media and partners for “a cooking session with soul and purpose” on Mandela Day, partnering with food rescue charity OzHarvest to deliver delicious South African culinary favourites to those doing it tough.

Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual global day celebrated each year on 18 July to honour the South African leader and revolutionary activist.

South African-born chef Warren Mendes making bobotie.

South African Tourism hosted the Sydney event with special guest South African-Australian OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn joining industry insiders in the kitchen alongside South African-born celeb chef Warren Mendes and OzHarvest head chef Mark Hamilton to whip up local cuisine.

OzHarvest head chef Mark Hamilton instructs the group.

The travel industry cooks created the national dish, bobotie with minced meat and egg; bunny chow (curry served in a hollowed bread loaf); pap (maize porridge); frikkadel (meatballs) and naan bread, just for starters.

Making naan bread.

The team learnt zero-waste cooking skills and amazing tips and tricks in the process while preparing delicious and nutritious meals that were delivered directly to support local people in need and save food from ending up in landfill.

Bobotie ready to go!

The ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event was an enjoyable and meaningful way to mark Mandela Day in Australia and a taste of regional cuisine to transport everyone to South Africa through rich, aromatic flavours.

Ronni Kahn said: “I’m so excited to be able to share the OzHarvest model in my country of birth, South Africa.”

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn (centre) with South African Tourism, trade and media guests.

“Nelson Mandela continues to be a huge inspiration to me and it is so special to celebrate his legacy today with the team from South African Tourism by providing food to those less fortunate than us. This is completely in alignment with the values that Madiba believed in.”

South Africa announced the end of COVID-19 restrictions last month as the nation welcomes international tourism again.

For more info, head to southafrica.net