Create, sweat and share your ultimate potato based recipe for a chance to win smashing prizes – including a share of R10 000.

We all love cooking but very few of us know how to transform food into exquisite art that is music to the tongue. As for the ol humble spud…lo & behold, the amount of shade it has received over the years is unbelievable. As Aristotle once said: “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Potatoes have had to do some serious introspection and reflect on their biological and fun attributes. When all is said and done, it’s safe to say that potatoes are the queens of every proudly South African dish – versatile, tasty, healthy, always fresh and always in season!

Charm us with your novel yet delicious potato dish to stand in line to be our inaugural Potato Smackdown Champ.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to wow South Africans with your creative flair in the kitchen, share a potato wealthy recipe for the ultimate opportunity to walk away with R10 000 cash.


The competition is divided up into two components:

First Round

In the first round the competition will be open to all final year student chefs in South Africa.

Entrants will be required to:

Step 1:

1. Entrants will be required to prepare a 1 minute video or less and send via wetransfer to:

  1. Come up with a fun, tongue in-cheek, sweet and short potato dish name.
  2. Share the ingredients of the dish with the judges via video (explain why the chosen ingredients for the dish and what the ingredients are).
  3. Ensure that potatoes are the main hero of the dish.
  4. Ensure that the ingredients ooze flavour, colour and are easily accessible.

Step 2:

Build a case, in no more than 100 words, why potatoes “make everything taste better”. Do they? The potato nation believes potatoes are South Africa’s classic goodness food from the ground. There will be a text section to complete this online on our website .
Failure to complete this section automatically disqualifies you.

Step 3:

Submit a copy of your identity document and proof of registration as a student at any accredited culinary/chef school in South Africa. The will be a section online to upload these supporting documents.
Failure to upload these supporting documents automatically disqualifies you.


Highly acclaimed and well know foodie and blogger, Anna Montali together with Potatoes South Africa officials will select the top 10 finalist who will proceed to the second round.

Second Round

In the second round, our top finalists will be awarded with an air fryer and a R250 shopping voucher to prepare the dish they submitted in the first round.

The preparation of the dish and final presentation must be recorded as well

The recording must be professionally executed and shall include the following:

  • Name of recipe presented in round 1
  • List of ingredients
  • Method of Preparation
  • Cooking time

Very Important: The final video to be submitted, shall also be 1 minute or less!!


The videos of the top ten finalists shall be sent via Wetransfer to:

Potatoes South Africa will publish each video on POTATOES_ZA Instagram for the general public to vote for their: POTATO SMACKDOWN CHAMP!


  • The winner will be named the POTATO SMACKDOWN CHAMP for 2019.
  • The winner will receive R10 000 cash.
  • The winning recipe will be featured across all key communication platforms and may form part of an above the line advertising campaign.
  • THAT’S NOT ALL…The winner could secure work as a recipe developer contributor for future Recipe Development projects.


These rules apply to the POTATO SMACKDOWN COMPETITION 2019. This competition is being run by: Potatoes South Africa (PSA) NPC, with company registration number: 2005/034944/08. Please contact us on 012 349 1906 (weekdays during office hours 07h45 – 16h15) if you do not understand any part of these rules or if you have any questions about these rules or the competition.

By entering the competition, you confirm that you have read and agree to be legally bound to these rules:

The competition will run from the 15 of May 2019 and end on the 15 of June 2019. To enter this competition please visit Go to the competition’s page for details.


Five random voters stand a chance to win R1 000 cash. The voters are required to:

  • An avid follower of Potatoes South Africa’s Instagram page: @potatoes_za
  • Vote exclusively on Instagram (Only one vote. Multiple votes are an automatic disqualifier)
  • Tag 5 friends to increase their chances of winning
  • Use the hashtag #PotatoSmackdown

Who can enter?

ONLY final year culinary/cooking school students between the ages of 19 – 25 may enter can enter the main competition.

Voting is open to all, excluding Potatoes South Africa officials, their family and friends and service providers.


1. Competition entrants shall not hold PSA liable for any technical errors originating from PSA hosting website and social media platforms – (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), network suppliers and other service providers.

2. Participants shall be responsible for any data, cell-phone or any other charges necessary to enable participants to gain the necessary network or internet access to be able to access Instagram to enter the competition.

3. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You are disclosing your information to PSA and not to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4. By participating in this promotion you release Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from any and all liability in relation to this competition.

5. No part of the predetermined prize will be exchangeable/transferable for anything either than what was communicated as the prize.

6. If an advertised prize is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason, including technical and IT reasons. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

8. The selection of winners will remain final. Any matter concerning the competition and/or arising out of these terms and conditions is final and binding on you, and no correspondence will be entered.

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#WIN on Potato Nations’ Social Media
Channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)!

Tell or show us how you prepare potatoes in a “heart-healthy” way using the hashtag #savedbypotatoes. Leave your comment, tip, image and/or video below – and be sure to follow our page, tag us and two (or more) friends.

Terms and Conditions:


Entrants must like Potato Nation on social media and share the competition post.
The competition will run from 03 September to 30 September 2020, at 12h00 CAT.
No late entries will be accepted and Potato Nation will not be held responsible for any lost or delayed posts.
Winners of any Potato Nation competition hosted in the last 6 months shall not participate in this competition.
The selection of winners will remain final. No correspondence will be entered into. For any matters concerning the competition and/or arising out of the competition rules, the terms and conditions will apply.
Winners will be selected based on their submissions and notified on/before 07 October 2020 via Potato Nation’s social media platforms.
Prizes are not transferable and may not be deferred, changed or exchanged for cash or any other items.
All entrants must be in South Africa to receive the prize.
If you don’t abide by the terms and conditions, you will forfeit the prize.
Potato Nation reserves the right to cancel/withdraw the competition.