White Star Maize Meal 4th Annual Celebrity Cook-Off

What do you get when you put together Mzansi’s no.1 maize meal brand and favourite soapie stars in one venue? Cooking, dancing, scrumptious dishes, selfies and out of this world kind of fun!

Yep, that’s exactly what went down at the 4th annual White Star Maize Celebrity Cook-Off held at Nomndeni Lodge in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

Yours truly judged the dishes created by the celebs alongside the lovely Lucia Mthiyane. She’s sweet yet hardcore – love her!

The ever-hilarious Skhumba was the host with the most.

The event organisers couldn’t have chosen a better MC – he kept everyone laughing the entire time


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Five cooking stations were set up and celebs were divided into teams:

Team BoomShaka – with Akhumzi Jezile, Thando Thabethe (Nolwazi from Generation), Omuhle Gela etc.

#theTeam #whiteStarCelebcookoff

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Team Michelin Stars – with MaBlerh, Vusi Kunene (I like to call him after his Isibaya character, SomaHashe!), Nolly Nols etc.

Team Senzak’phela – with Manaka Ranaka, Mduduzi aka Suffocate and Tladi (the stuttering Thabang on It’s Complicated)


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Team Starlicious – with Wanda Baloyi etc.

Team ChilliRocket – Andile (Khumbul’ekhaya, Thandi Matlaila etc.

The Challenge

Teams had to cook two courses; a starter and a main course. Each team had a basket with secret ingredients to use in their dishes but the main ingredient in both courses had to be White Star Maize Meal. The main objective of the competition was for the teams to come up with creative ways of using the White Star Maize Meal. Some of the secret ingredient boxes contained; chocolate, sparkling wine, tamarind paste, salmon, duck, strawberries, chillies, cheese,

That time other kids are cookingπŸ˜‚ @mlungisi88 I'm not dealing with u !!! #whitestarcelebcookoff

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…And it all came down to cooking

#TheCleverChoice #WhiteStarCelebCookOff #SiseMpumalanga

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#WhiteStarCelebCookOff #TheCleverChoice #SiseMpumalanga

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The Judging

Some of the dishes that stood out

The Winning Starter and Main Dish

The Award Ceremony

Skhumba entertained the crowd with his comedy and also announced winners. Everyone was glammed up and ready to party.

The situation right now! @akhumzi and @thando_thabethe πŸ˜‚ #WhiteStarCelebCookOff

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The Winning Team – All Smiles

We won πŸ’ƒπŸ˜„πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ #Whitestarcelebcookoff

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What would be an event without taking selfies?

Head Chef: @chefluciamthiyane #WhiteStarCelebCookOff #TheCleverChoice

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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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