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Who does not love a burger? And who wouldn’t be even happier if it magically could be made healthier and even more delicious? That’s why The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA) and the Restaurant Voice (RASA) got together to create the #BlendYourBurger Challenge with fresh mushrooms as the hero.

And why mushrooms as an essential burger ingredient? These meaty, umami-rich culinary nuggets are cholesterol free and contain almost no calories or fat whilst adding oodles of flavour to your favourite burger. They’re what your tastebuds and an increasingly popular health-conscious menu crave!

Once word got out about the #BlendYourBurger Challenge, excitement built rapidly and the entries streamed in.

A live cook-off at the HTA School of Culinary Art, under the watchful eyes of the judges was needed to find the ultimate 5 burgers. The judging team consisting of Ross Richardson, the chairperson of SAMFA, Wendy Alberts the CEO of Restaurant Voice and Chef Kabelo Segone: HTA Training and Development Director.

The #BlendYourBurger Challenge 2022  winners as follows:

WINNER: Tyrone Loydall of Hudsons with his Stomper (a mushroom and beef blended burger) was the happy recipient of R25000.

1ST RUNNER-UP: Godfrey Matsepe of Nikos Pineslopes and his Greek style mushroom blended burger received R10000

2nd RUNNER-UP: Rod Walker from Karoo Grill and Bar created a wonderful Mushtrich burger and received R7500

I will be sharing all the recipes of the winners for you to try out at home.

For and on behalf of The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

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