His recipe proved to be a wors to be reckoned with when a Joubertina butcher was adjudged to have created the best braai favourite in the land.
Olivier Kritzinger’s combination of six secret spices and Eastern Cape-reared Nguni and Bonsmara cattle was the winning combination when he walked away with the soughtafter title of best boerewors recipe at an event held on Robben Island yesterday.
Kritzinger, 63, a part-time butcher and manager of a home for the aged, could not believe it.
He had entered his recipes since the competition’s inception in 2001.
“Is this really me? I can’t believe this,” he said. “I’m overwhelmed.
“I can’t begin to describe how I’m feeling right now – 16 years is a very long time.”
His recipe beat more than 40 at the regional round of the Championship Boerewors competition held at Port Elizabeth’s Herbert Hurd Primary School, and made it to the top 18 round in Cape Town in July.
“I am especially grateful to the people of the Langkloof for their support.
“I want the whole of South Africa to know that the Eastern Cape makes good quality boerewors,” Kritzinger said, then drove off in his prize – a brand new Toyota Hilux double cab.
Kritzinger’s wife Anita, 63, said the family was overwhelmed.
“We didn’t expect this. After so many years of trying he has finally won. I was in tears when that banner revealed his name.
“I don’t know what inspires him, but he is not someone who gives up and nothing is too big for him,” Anita said.
The annual Shoprite Checkers competition requires that the elements of traditional boerewors be maintained with each entry.
SA Chefs’ Association life president Martin Kobald said this year’s entries had raised the standard: “The winning boerewors [retains] all the elements of a traditional boerewors.”