Stuffed eggplants (brunġiel mimli) and the most scrumptious Kinnie Cake was the winning combination at the 2014 Maltese Cook Off held in Melbourne. The winning team, Il-borma tan-Nanna (Nanna’s Cook Pot), consisted of father and daughter Emmanuel and Tanya Cilia and niece Nadia Sammut.
And yet for another year, the Maltese Cook Off, organized by community group nisġa has been a massive success with the most incredible feedback from everyone!
A panel of 3 judges, made up of Victor Grech, Consul General for Malta in Victoria, former MasterChef Australia contestant, chef Tregan Spiteri and Doris Delia, mother of renowned chef Shane Delia, had the most difficult task of choosing the top 3 winners! Only a few points separated everyone and this shows the high standard of cooking by the teams!
Runners up in this year’s cooking competition were Family from Senglea on 84 points, just 2 points behind the winners. Phyllis Restall’s team cooked stuffed artichokes with broad bean paste for entrée and rabbit stew with spaghetti for main. 3rd overall went to The Maltesers on 82 points, with their baked rice for main and prinjolata for dessert!
People’s Choice Award was won by the team From Strada St Ursula and there was a tie for the Malteseness Award, won by Team 8, Family from Senglea and Team 2, The Maltesers. The Kitchen Award went to the Prickly Pears and Most fun in the Kitchen, won by H.A.M.
The afternoon was a mixture of food and music… the 250 guests were entertained by musicians Nicky Bomba and members of Bustamento as well as former The Voice Australia contestant, Kiyomi Vella. An impromptu drumming session on pots & pans by Nicky Bomba had the crowd in awe of this talented musician!
This was the 4th edition of the Maltese Cook Off held by community group nisġa. The event brings together 10 teams made up of 3 people, in some cases 3 generations from one family, cooking Maltese traditional food.