Fun on the fire – 2013 TASA bush cook competition

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TASA bush cook competition – Best dressed
September 11, 2013
Text Marita van Rooyen
Photographs Marita van Rooyen, Serina Strohmenger 

The art of cooking over an open fire is hardly a new phenomenon. To the contrary. It is the oldest way of cooking there is, executed by our ancestors since times immemorial. But make no mistake; fire cooking is by no means a prehistoric endeavour. It has evolved into a creative exercise and is potentially the ultimate social gathering! And when comparing fire food to oven food, the fire version wins hands down. There is simply nothing that beats the taste and appeal of a meal cooked over a campfire.


In Namibia, fire cooking is one of the most sought-after ways of getting a group of friends together for a session of serious mingling. And it’s by no means restricted to Saturday-afternoon braais only. In Namibia we turn it into a seriously challenging event by inviting tourism experts to bring their most basic cooking utensils and a mouth-watering selection of ingredients, to light the fire and then compete to be crowned king at the annual Bush Cook Competition!

First held in 2003, the Tour and Safari Association (TASA) Bush Cook Competition rapidly became the ultimate national event to test and show off fire- and bush-cooking skills. The competition came into being because a large number of TASA members are required to cook food on an open fire on guided camping trips.

Winning team: Get their recipe here – Sense of Africa’s Vicious Delicious 

Winning team

Winning team

  • Team members: Patricia Morkel, Wesley Fisch, Marina Krige, and Hanna Isaacs 

Second prize winners: Get their recipe here – The Cardboard Box Backpackers 

Second prize winners

Second prize winners

  • Team members: Chad Wratten, Mona Lisa Seibes, Vicky Dreyer, Johnny Gawub

Third prize winners: Get their recipe here – Wild Dog Safaris

Third prize winners

Third prize winners

  • Team members: Louise Ellison, Tembo Kalisch, Leslie Crighton, and Milner Kandjavera

Best team spirit: Get their recipe here – First National Bank Namibia as Warm Kole

Best team spirit

Best team spirit

  • Team members: Carlos Jose Medeiros, Rene Botes, Tanya Walters, and Martin du Plooy. 
  • Carlos was awarded the Best Potjie Spirit Individual title.

Best Dressed Team: Get their recipe here – Sense of Africa’s Matangara Queens

Best dressed team

Best dressed team

  • Team members: Anja van Neel, Irene van Neel, Bianca Kazombiaze, and Ayesha Stümpfe

General tips for having fun on the fire

  1. Start your fire with dry, seasoned wood. We recommend wood from the camel-thorn tree. If the wood’s wet, or green, it will only bring you a frustrating, smoked-filled experience.
  2. Choose your fire-making spot carefully. We don’t want you burning down the bush, or firing up the burrows of innocent little creatures. Pick a spot that has lots of open space around it and doesn’t pose a threat to the surroundings.
  3. Watch the wind. Try and find a spot that is wind sheltered. If not, you might have to wait a bit before sinking your teeth into that freshly grilled steak.
 Travel News Namibia Spring 2013 edition
Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia is a high-quality glossy Namibia travel and lifestyle magazine tasked with promoting Namibia to the world. With riveting stories, first-hand encounters and magnificent photographs showcasing tourism, travel, nature, adventure and conservation, TNN is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to exploring Namibia. Travel News Namibia is published in five different editions per year. These include four English- language editions and one German. Travel News Namibia is for sale in Namibia and South Africa.

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