Monday, October 4, 2010

Hey a new Shoprite Checkers Boere King and he is only 13...

Boerewors Champion

Johannesburg - Jaco Labuschagne, 13, from Boksburg became the youngest participant ever to win the Shoprite Checkers boerewors competition on Saturday.

Jaco beat ten other finalists to walk away with, among other things, a brand-new Toyota Hilux double-cab bakkie.

The final round was held at Sun City.

Dorothy Labuschagne, Jaco's mother, said when they discussed the grand prize before the competition, Jaco said: "Dad can have the bakkie, as long as he takes me fishing in it."

Dorothy said her family often go fishing at the Bloemhof Dam and at Shelly Beach, and then of course they often braai.

Lappies Labuschagne jumped up and down with excitement and joy when his son was named winner. Jaco himself was in tears.

Both his parents are district managers at Shoprite meat markets. Dorothy said she and her husband have been taking part in the boerewors competition for ten years, but never managed to win.

"Then Jaco enters for the first time and he's the winner!"

Dorothy said she wasn't able to take part in the first round of the competition this year, so her husband and Jaco made a "father-and-son-day" of it. According to her, both Jaco and his 10-year-old brother Eric love to braai.

"My husband always says if he could braai eight times a week he would be a very happy man. We usually braai about three times a week."

Regarding his winning boerewors recipe, Jaco said: "A-grade meat, salt and pepper, and the rest is my secret."

But he'll have to divulge his secret now, since Shoprite Checkers will be using it for the rest of the year. Jaco's boerewors will be available from October 14.

He is a Grade 7 pupil at Concordia Primary School and will be going to Dr EG Jansen High School next year. And what does he want to become one day? "Definitely not a butcher!" his mother said.

"He wants to be a professional cricketer."

AB de Villiers is Jaco's hero.

Jaco beat 1 185 other participants from across the country to walk away with the crown.

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