Bfn chefs cook 1 000 litres of soup to feed hungry people

From left: Janice Solomons, Michele FourieSumari, RauchPatso, Nikolov and Deon Pastor.

Chefs with Compassion is calling on everyday South Africans to help celebrate Mandela Day by taking part in the 67 000 litres for Mandela Day Challenge. Despite the widespread unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the annual 67 000 litres for Mandela Day Challenge will go ahead as planned.

This year, every South African with a kitchen and a heart to help those who go hungry can participate. Home cooks, chefs in hotels, restaurants and culinary schools and corporates will be taking up the challenge. In the Free State, the Free State Regional Committee of SA Chefs Association, in conjunction with the FBI Chef School in Bloemfontein, will be cocking 1 000 litres of soup.

According to Chefs with Compassion, during last year’s Mandela Day celebration, some 300 chefs stood proudly behind their stoves, united despite the devastation of their industry and, as a result, the target of 67 000 litres of soup was exceeded. Over 77 000 litres of soup was cooked, which served a whopping 309 820 cups of soup to hungry people countrywide.

This year, Chefs with Compassion has initiated a nationwide challenge to beat the #67000litres target once again – this time challenging every person, representing five different categories, to dedicate their 67 minutes on Mandela Day to raising awareness of the appalling fact that 10 million tons of food goes to waste every year, while 18 million people go hungry every day. Within each of these categories, participants will complete a ‘Clean Out Your Pantry’ Challenge, using close-to-expiry-date products and supplementing them with wholesome and nutritious ingredients to make a hearty soup.

The Chairman of the Free State Region of the South African Chefs Association, Deon Pastor, said they decided to support the Chefs with Compassion 67 000 litres of soup initiative because they wanted to do something worthwhile in support of the community for Mandela Day. “We collaborated with the FBI Chef School who made their kitchen available to us and various businesses who sponsored the ingredients for the soup.” The soup prepared will go to Towers of Hope. He said that they are happy to support Towers of Hope who works hard to make a difference in the lives of people in Bloemfontein.

To be part of this worthy Mandela Day Challenge, go to, download the information page relevant to your category and click on the link to register online. Follow the story on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #67000litres.

Corn Koteli