Faithful to Nature Food Challenge – Winners Announced!

Winners of the #FaithfulFood Challenge Announced!

8 November 2016 

Twelve South African food bloggers were recently invited by Faithful to Nature to take part in an innovative organic recipe challenge. Faithful to Nature is the country’s largest organic and natural products online store, and the competition has highlighted how easy it is to create delicious family meals using organic produce and pantry items.

The bloggers were challenged to each devise a recipe for a seasonal, vegetarian, organic family lunch or dinner, which they then shared on their popular blogs, documenting their ideas and their stories of sourcing and selecting ingredients.

Armed with a R1000 voucher to go shopping at for all the pantry items they needed, the twelve bloggers found themselves spoilt for choice and inspiration. Ten years down the line, the Faithful to Nature virtual shelves now offer more than 11 000 organic and natural products which are all vetted against their comprehensive ingredient guidelines that ensure that all your shopping choices are for healthy, responsibly sourced and sustainably produced goods.

Then that special alchemy of developing the mouth-watering recipes began. Pastas, tarts, salads and flatbreads, nourish bowls and curries started to emerge. “It is testimony to the high level of creativity of our food bloggers that they submitted twelve diverse and delicious dishes,” says Faithful to Nature founder, Robyn Smith. “Aggregated by the competition, it’s turned out to be a stunning collection of recipes that will hopefully go on to inspire many more families to introduce a meat-free family meal that ticks all the boxes from sensational taste through to health and being great for the environment as well.”

A panel of judges, which included cook, food writer and TV show host Sarah Graham and Food24 Editor Tessa Purdon, then evaluated the twelve submissions against the competition criteria.

First prize was awarded to Dianne Bibby of Bibbyskitchen at 36 for her outstanding, nutrient-dense green pesto pasta dish, a sure winner for everyone in the family.

Hein van Tonder of Hein Stirred took second honours for a warm and spicy concoction of spelt flatbreads, roasted chickpeas and cauliflower topped with colourful slaw and an organic tahini yoghurt dressing.

Leila Saffarian of Pass the Salt fame took third place for her Persian-inspired Green Falafel with Green Freekeh Tabbouleh Salad.

“The #FaithfulFood challenge speaks to our motivation as a business to give back the power of choice to our customers,” says Robyn. “By making organic shopping hassle-free and filled with choice we aim to make organic products easily accessible so that it is easy for South Africans to incorporate healthful ingredients in their family cooking.  We’ll be looking to build on this year’s challenge and expand the campaign in 2017.”


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