The first episode of Chef David Higgs’ new 60-minute online cooking show Cooking for a Cause is done and dusted, with four contestants cooking up a storm in their homes with a box of ingredients delivered to their doors. The show is co-presented with TV news anchor Marcelle Gordon.

All four contestants have 60 minutes to put together their dish and at 7PM sharp the dishes are collected and delivered straight to Higgs’ house for final tasting and judging. This week’s winner was announced as Sara Williams, and she will move directly into the final. Sara’s dish, which she titled “Effing Amazing” was fishcakes with a bacon and tomato chutney, avo aioli and pickled mushrooms.

“I was blown away with the creativity of the dishes, cooking kills and high-quality dishes,” says David. “For me, Sara’s dish was great – and it really stood out as fun, creative and flavourful – which were the three most important components we judged the dishes on. Presentation was also taken into consideration, but she also took a lot of care and thought.”

The show raises funds and awareness for The Inner City CAN Collective (ICCC), 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.

Cooking for a Cause is screened Fridays at 18h30 on David’s YouTube Channel “Dave’s Kitchen” and his Facebook page from 14 August to 11 September. For more information, or to enter contact Copies of all five of the recipes are also available for purchase for R50 with all proceeds going to the ICCC. To donate to the ICCC, or purchase the recipes, click here.

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