The Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Hajia Alima Mahama has asked women to spend quality time with their children, so as to shape them for the society. One way of doing so was through cooking and eating together as a family.
Hajia Mahama said this at the Royco Cooking Festival, dubbed “Royco Family Cook-a-Fest”, last Saturday when she was addressing the audience.
She said “in preparing, eating and sharing good meals as a family, our daily lives are enhanced, transformed and this brings us closer as a family”. That, according to the Minister would help build good social values, which would improve the society, since the society was the made up of family units.
During the cooking festival, Hajia Alima Mahama and Tagoe Sisters, the gospel artistes, were the celebrity cooks at the festival. Hajia Mahama prepared ‘Tuozafi’ and ‘Ayoyo’ soup.
She said she opted to take part in the cooking festival, to emphasise the point that celebrities, must also find time to cook and share meals with their families, in order to keep their family units together.
The Brand manager of Royco, Nana Yaa Ofosua Kissi, in her address said the Royco Family Cook-a-Fest was the biggest cooking festival organised by Unilever Ghana Limited, purposely to build close family relationships, especially during the festive season. “Royco is using this festival to promote family togetherness and strong family bonding”, she said.
Ms. Kissi said there were 100 contestants participating in the Cooking Festival. She added that during the promotion, interested people had to send five Royco wrappers with their names and address written on them, which was later, entered in a raffle draw.
There were about 17 judges for the cooking competition. Some of them were Chef Stephen Dzilah, the President of the Ghana Chefs Association, Ms. Elizabeth Ba-Ama, Lecturer, Home Science Department of the University of Ghana, Akofa Asiedu, the CEO of Fali’s Hot Pot and an actress, and Mr. David Addy, the CEO of Asanka Locals.
The winner of the cooking competition, Michael Agbemavordoe, a 36-year old chef, won a fully –fitted kitchen worth 20 million. The second prize, which was won by Fafa Koranteng, a 31-year-old caterer, while the third prizewinner, Cynthia Nakai Coffie, a 25-year-old National Service Person, won a four-burner cooker.
There were consolation prizes for all those who participated in the cooking competition.
Source: Daily Graphic - 13 December 2005. Page 11.