Sponsored: Cooking up a storm

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What do you get when you let four professional rugby players loose in a restaurant kitchen (and one of them is on crutches)? TASTE magazine found out at the Vodacom Red Cooking Up A Storm event held earlier this month at Leopard’s Leap wine estate in Franschhoek.

And happily, we can report that even the most inexperienced cooks – in this case, athletes who eat more for fuel than fun – can produce delicious gourmet dishes. All they needed was a little help from some of the country’s best-loved chefs and four very enthusiastic Vodacom Red clients, a kitchen stocked with every ingredient, pantry staple and cooking appliance imaginable, a garden of fresh produce – and a little pressure. Something DHL Stormers players Juan de Jongh, Leolin Zas, Stephan de Wit and Scarra Ntubeni know how to perform under.

With just 90 minutes to conceptualise and create a winning main course and dessert, the four teams were quickly put to work by chefs Reuben Riffel, Margot Janse, Kamini Pather and J’Something. Much directing, peeling, chopping, stirring, frying, baking and banter later, and the foodie judging panel sat down to decide which of the four teams would take top honours. In the end, it was the team, made up of chef Reuben Riffel, Vodacom Red client and winner Mark Theron and Stormers player Leolin Zas, who won the day with their seafood pasta main dish and white chocolate and macadamia dessert.

Are you a rugby fan? Are similar once-in-a-lifetime, curated lifestyle experiences on your bucket list? Then best you head over to vodacom.co.za/red to see how you can get in on the action. Vodacom Red clients can expect more than a contract with tailor-made experiences with the other South African Vodacom Super Rugby teams. Enter now and you too could get treated by Vodacom to spend a day with one of your rugby heroes. #RedExpectMore

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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