Mombasa in the month of Ramadhan comes alive in the night,
especially the last 10 days. People go out to shop for marking the end of Ramadhan
called Eid. Shops stay open till late, shoppers bargaining for latest trends
and designs. The streets are adorned with lights to create a sense of
festiveness. There various reasons for the night shopping, one is due to the
fact people are fasting it would be difficult to shop during the day time and
second for those working can have an opportunity to shop for their kids and
family after work.
To promote the night shopping and food culture in Mombasa,
multi-talented Salim Swaleh also known as Elcaboos hosted a cook-off at Rizza Smoothies in
collaboration with his food joint Kaybees foodJoint.
The cook-off was scheduled on Tuesday 21st, 2019 at 9:30pm. The cook-off was
between three leaders from Mombasa: Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff
Nassir, MCA Ahmed Nyundo
and Swahilipot Hub patron/Red Cross Chairman Mahmood Noor. The
event kicked-off at 10:30 pm with the contestant given a drink to try and then
replicate the same drink with the different ingredients that were presented to
them. Each contestant were given 20 minutes to complete the task. The judges: Chef Ali Mandhry, Chef Adil Rajan
and Chief Officer Farah Mohamed
(Department of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture) gave their verdict after
trying each contestant’s attempt. The winners from the first round was Mvita Mp
Abdulswamad and Mentor Mahmood Noor. For the second attempt, the secret
ingredient was Chicken, potato crisps, mango and tamarind extract. They had to
prepare the full chicken into a meal and they were given the option to grill or
cook it. Both contestant worked tirelessly to create a tasty meal, both of them
opted to grill their chicken. After they both made the sauce and chicken, they
plated and presented to the judges once more. The judges judged each
contestants based on taste, use of ingredients and presentation. After deliberation
the judges made their decision and the winner announced. From his setting to
taste and preparation the winner was Abdulswamad shariff Nassir. The host
thanked everyone who helped plan and participate in the event.
The event is the beginning of events that will challenge different
people and celebrate the Mombasa food culture.