Meet SA’s Boerewors Champion
Meet the woman who makes the best boerewors in the country, and follow the journey that earned her the title of SA’s No.1 Boerewors Champion.
Queen Mathebula, a 32-year old woman from Malamulele, Limpopo, officially makes the best boerewors in South Africa.
Queen was crowned the winner of the 25th annual Championship Boerewors competition and her recipe – South Africa’s number one boerewors – is now available in all Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide. Along with the sought-after title of, Mathebula has also won the grand prize of a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Double Cab Raised Body Raider.
“It’s fourth time lucky for me,” beamed Mathebula. “I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top.”
Just a few months ago, Mathebula was just one of hundreds of entrants who battled it out at the six Champion Rounds held in July 2017 in KwaZulu-Natal, Free-State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng (two rounds). The country’s very best boerewors recipe can only be found if all South Africans are allowed to participate, so from 2001 the Championship Boerewors competition has been open to members of the public, whereas before it was only open to Shoprite Checkers employees.
The South African Chefs Association (SACA) once again took charge of the judging process and ensured that all entries adhered to the guidelines for making truly traditional boerewors.
She then joined the three winning contestants from each Champion Round to participate at the Top 18 Round on Saturday 22 July 2017 where she was among the top three finalists were selected.
The other two finalists were James Lebepe (34) from Atteridgeville, Gauteng and Moses Mathebula (29) from Lenyenye, Limpopo. All three finalists received gift hampers from sponsors Coca Cola, All Gold and Simba, as well as vouchers from Shoprite and Checkers stores.
Mpou James Lebepe (34) from Atteridgeville, Gauteng.
Queen Mathebula (32) from Malamulele, Limpopo.
Moses Mathebula (29) from Lenyenye, Limpopo.
Between Friday, 18 August and Friday 8 September 2017, the top three recipes were made available in Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide for the public to buy, braai, try and vote for their favourite. It is the third year in the history of the competition that the public has been able to vote for their favourite boerewors.