Top names in the South African entertainment industry, delicious food and great company set the tone for Simply Asia’s Ready Steady Wok event held in Parktown North, Johannesburg on Wednesday 29 March 2017.
The event, hosted by the national Thai dining franchise, was the last semi-final event in what is a series of celebrity cook offs from which they will crown a local celebrity as the Ultimate Wok Star.
Wednesday’s event saw two celebrities battle it out in front of a live audience to see who had the best Thai cooking skills. On the one side was 94.7 radio DJ, Jacob Moshokoa and on the other was Muvhango TV star winner Innocentia Makapila.
Each team was tasked with making two dishes from the Simply Asia menu, the 314 (also known the Khao Phad Thai which is a scrumptious Thai fried rice dish with beef) and 514 (the Ba-Mee Prik Phao which is a fiery roasted chili paste and cashew nut noodle dish with chicken). They were encouraged and supported by actor and performing artist Warren Le Grange who acted as MC for the event.
As with all the other events, the competition was fierce but in the end it was Innocentia who walked away with the prize. The judging panel said that, as an amateur she showed an exceptional understanding of Thai cooking.
“The flavours and textures were sublime, you could almost say they were up to the Simply Asia standard,” said Ravenesh Subroyal, who was part of the judging panel and the Parktown Quarter franchisee
Simply Asia will be hosting the Ready Steady Wok Grand Final at their Fourways store on 8 April. The three semi-finalists: Chris Forrest, DJ Soosh and our latest winner, Innocentia Makapila, will compete for the title of Ultimate Wok Star and the grand prize of a Thai banquet for eight people, prepared by their own Thai chef (courtesy of Simply Asia).
Follow the action on Facebook with the hashtag #ReadySteadyWok.