David Higgs is looking for 16 contestants to compete on his brand new online cooking show, Cooking for a Cause. Launched in partnership and to raise funds and awareness for The Inner City CAN Collective (ICCC), Cooking for a Cause kicks off on Friday 14 August at 18h30 and will run for five weeks on David’s YouTube Channel “Dave’s Kitchen” and his Facebook page. The show will be co-hosted by TV News Anchor Marcelle Gordon.

“This is the same cause I rode for a few weeks ago, and they look after some of the marginalised communities in the downtown Joburg CBD. It’s an area that’s close to my heart, and I’m proud to support them,” David explains. “It’s not too late to enter – it’s going to be four weeks of fun – all live, so it’s going to be very interesting!”

The first season will be run for Johannesburg-based home cooks. Each week, contestants will make a dish based on a list of David’s chosen ingredients. These ingredients will be delivered to contestant’s homes for them to plan their dish. During the show, they will make their dish in their home and be connected via live-stream to David and the other contestants. Once the dishes are complete, they will be collected and delivered to David’s home for the final tasting and judging. Weekly winners will be announced at the start of each week’s show and will go straight into the final.

To enter, create a dish using any of the following ingredients: avocado, bacon, cauliflower, chickpeas or beans, eggs, a fennel bulb, fresh fish or prawn tails, leeks, pumpkin or butternut and shin of beef. Make your dish, take a picture and email it to premierlifestylesa@gmail.com. Entrants must be 25 years or older, located in Johannesburg, enjoy cooking and have some cooking experience.

“I want people to have some fun, and be creative, but we also want to raise awareness of this important cause,” David says. “Many of the staff for Marble and Saint live in the inner city, and the situation is dire.”

The ICCC is an organisation dedicated to supporting vulnerable communities in the inner city of Johannesburg. “These communities are made up of exceptionally vulnerable inhabitants, both South African and foreign nationals. Most are unemployed or make a small income in the informal sector, they have no access to basic services and are often victims of gender-based violence or xenophobic attacks,” says Anthea Henderson, marketing manager for the ICCC.

“With the funds raised from this initiative we plan to give young adults the opportunity to upskill themselves in the food industry and to become food providers in their communities,” Anthea explains. “In a world where many people don’t know where the next meal is coming from; it is our responsibility to teach them about healthy, nutritional meals that can be made and shared with a frugal or non-existent budget.”

The show will be co-hosted by Marcelle Gordon, one of South Africa’s most experienced broadcast professionals. She is an anchor at TV News channel eNCA. During her 20-year career as a reporter, programme head and news & sports presenter, Marcelle has worked for some of the country’s biggest radio & TV media houses. Other than keeping abreast of the latest current affairs and telling the stories of South Africans doing cool & extraordinary things, Marcelle is passionate about food, wine, sports and travel. During lockdown she has become more and more grateful for her health, big gas stove and her bucket list trips last year to Italy and the Rugby World Cup in Japan. She shares her home with a meat-smoking rugby journalist and their two fur-kids Jackson & Jemima. And she’s still not convinced her chicken curry is as good as her mom’s.

For more information, or to enter contact premierlifestylesa@gmail.com

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