Clover’s Little Big Cook Off is back
Clover’s Little Big Cook Off is back on South African television with its first episode having aired on Sunday, 28 June. In this season, we are introduced to 12 food-loving families.
In each episode of the first round, the teams get to make their own special family recipe, as well as participate in a creative baking challenge, where each team competes at making a basic baking recipe with their own additions and creativity to set them apart. At the end of each episode, two teams go through to the next round. However, the lowest scoring family is not eliminated from the show just yet… they return to try their luck in a Wild Card episode.
In the first episode of this season, we were introduced to the first three teams: Purple Pumpkin, Team Joy, and Totally Spiced. After heaps of cooking fun in the Way Better ™ kitchen, Team Joy and Totally Spiced will proceed to the next stage while Purple Pumpkin will get another chance in the Wild Card episode to be screened on Sunday, 26 July.
Purple Pumpkin, Zilda (42) and Elif (10) Acar, from Waverly in Johannesburg, is a mother-and-daughter team that brings a special Greek flare to cooking with their traditional blend of flavours. Although the team was hoping to make it through to the second round, they are grateful to get the chance to showcase their teamwork and cooking skills in the Wild Card episode. Elif is beyond excited to be on the show: “It doesn’t matter if we win or lose,” she says, “as long as we have fun!”
The appropriately-named Team Joy, Hope (38) and Amogelang (11) Matlala enjoy cooking together because it makes them feel joyful. From domestic worker to policewoman, Hope has always dreamed of being like the chefs on TV, but never expected it to become a reality for her. With Amogelang as Hope’s biggest fan, motivator and her cooking companion, Hope believes they deserve to win.
Finally, team Totally Spiced, Ameera (28) and Zakhira (9) Obaray from East London in the Eastern Cape, share a passion for cooking that inspired them to participate in Clover’s Little Big Cook Off. “I never expected to make it through the auditions and to get to be on the show,” says Ameera. “What an experience!”
Each team brought their own special flares to the kitchen, with their family recipes: Purple Pumpkin’s family-favourite Chilli Cheese Cake, Totally Spiced’s Spicy Chicken and Prawn Parcels, and Team Joy’s Prawns & Pasta.
“I learned to make my Prawns & Pasta dish while I was a domestic worker, before I joined the SAPS,” Hope explained. “It’s not a traditional dish for my family, and Amogelang had never tried prawns before, so he was scared to try them when I made the dish. Once he tasted all of the flavours, it was easy for him to try the prawns. His facial expressions when he tried them are a great memory for me and now, whenever I have the time and money I make it for my family.”
The winners of the second season will receive up to R1,000,000 in prizes – including a seven-night family holiday for four to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA, as well as a kitchen makeover valued at over R300,000, compliments of Clover and Cordev Kitchens (made in Germany), with appliances sponsored by Bosch. For more info as well as T’s & C’s, go to: www.clover.co.za
Season 1 of the show was so successful that it won Best Game Show category in the 2015 South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs). This season promises to be another hit with SA audiences, with more of the family cooking fun it brought to our screens last season … but with a few special treats, and some awesome new teams.