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The Sunday Times Food Weekly Chilli Challenge

20 March 2015 - 23:34 By Sunday Times Food Weekly

The search is on for the best-tasting homemade chilli sauce in SA. So stir up some heat in the kitchen, bottle your best and you could win tablewide fame and hot prizes

How to enter

• Post, courier or deliver your jar of home-made chilli sauce, clearly labelled and carefully packaged to avoid breakage, to Sunday Times  Food Weekly, 4 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg or PO Box 1742, Saxonwold  2132.

• Please include your name, phone number and address and state you are a home (amateur) cook and that the recipe is your own original creation.

• Closing date for the competition is Wednesday 29 April, 2015. Terms and conditions, apply.

What you could win

Besides tablewide fame, you could win a R2 500 cash prize and a copy of the Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook 3.


Meet last year's winner: Zack DeeDat

Deedat’s winning sauce, Zaxx Hot Sauce, included habaneros, green and red chillies, mustard sauce, chilli powder and several astringents The judges loved how Deedat’s sauce had the perfect balance of heat and flavour.

“I haven’t changed the recipe at all since winning the competition. The sauce did well at chilli festivals last year and I have regular customers who ask for a bottle every month,” he says.

Deedat (below), from Bedfordview, Joburg says his chilli sauce making is still a home operation that he plays with in his spare time.

“I try to keep making the sauce as a hobby that I enjoy, rather than trying to work out how to preserve it and make it in big amounts commercially,” he said.

Zack DeeDat, winner of the Sunday Times Food Weekly Chilli Challenge 2014Zack DeeDat, winner of the Sunday Times Food Weekly Chilli Challenge 2014Supplied