Forty-four-year-old Lalu Sudirham, an Indonesia national, has emerged the overall winner in the Unilever Nigeria Reality TV show tagged ‘Knorr Taste Quest’.
Sudirham, who works in Eko Hotel, Lagos, went home recently with a brand new car, N1million cash prize and kitchen equipment worth N300,000. The 1st runner-up in the competition, Miss Patricia Allison, got N1million cash prize and kitchen equipment worth N300,000.
Saratu Mammah, a Petroleum Engineer, who came third in the cooking competition, went home with N500,000 cash and kitchen equipment while the fourth and fifth persons; Ifeyinwa Mogekwu and Gregory Osamede, were rewarded with kitchen equipment worth N300,000.
The show was inaugurated late last year to package Nigeria’s finest cooks and chefs for an ultimate prize. According to Chief Marketing Director, Unilever Nigeria Plc, David Okeme, the ‘Knorr Taste Quest’ was a platform created for kitchen lovers in Nigeria to showcase their various cooking skills.
Speaking at the grand unveiling of the first edition of the ‘Knorr Taste Quest’, Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Thabo Mabe, said the competition was practically about showcasing the best cooking ideas and innovations as well as creativity in the kitchen. He also stated that it was about how people could actually demonstrate to the world their passion for cooking.
Speaking on behalf of other winners, Sudirham, who said he had spent five years in Nigeria, described the show as an opportunity for him to further explore all he had learnt over the years about local and international delicacies.
On whether he had his mind on whether he would win the competition, the expatriate said he only came in with the mind to be among the best in the competition but had to work harder when it remained five of them in the contest.
While commending Unilever for the initiative, he described Knorr as a brand that has helped a lot of chefs realised their full potentials and tastes.