Student wins Royco cooking competition

NAIROBI, June, 2015 – A culinary arts student is the winner of a cooking competition sponsored by Unilever Kenya in which participants were required to create different recipes using locally available ingredients.

Student wins Royco cooking competition

Bria Auma 21, a student from Top Chef Culinary Institute, beat 11 other contestants from the college to win the overall prize of Ksh10,000. Ms Auma’s recipes included beef in beetroot curry, omena in peanut butter sauce, prawns in coconut sauce, chicken biryani, stewed tilapia, pork fry with pineapple sauce, beef burger, stewed chicken livers, sweet potatoes and coconut soup.

The Royco ‘What’s for dinner?’ cooking contest featured 12 participants in the month of May from the Top Chefs' Culinary Institute who were mentored by renowned Chef Raphael Ndaiga.

Speaking during the final day of the competition, James Jakachira, Brand Building Director for Unilever East Africa said, “Royco is a number one iconic brand in the East African Market, we are very proud to empower such a young group of food enthusiasts and budding professionals to create such inspirational meals.”

James added that Unilever’s mandate is to make sustainable living common place and one way of doing this is by empowering student chefs to be the best in the profession.

“It was quite fulfilling,” Said Ms Auma after being declared winner. “I got to compete with other very passionate chefs who are actually on the same level as me and I have to say it was quite challenging. The experi8ence was an eye opening one and fun too.”

A total of 120 recipes, derived from local ingredients, were created by the contestants. The students will get a chance to visit Unilever’s Royco factory to get more insights on Royco production process whose ingredient are made from locally sourced vegetables. Eventually, the 120 recipes will be featured on the Royco website ( ) for everyone to access them. the participants will also get a chance to join the Royco team in engaging the public in a series of in-store activations.

Ms Auma aspires to work in different hotels and restaurants to expand her cooking experience.

Royco is no stranger to cooking competitions. Fuata Flava, a Kenyan based chef’s reality show sponsored by Royco graced Kenyan TV screens recently. Season two of the same is underway according to organisers.

About Unilever Kenya

Unilever Kenya is one of the leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products across East Africa. With about 19,000 employees, Unilever is one of the largest private employers in Kenya. Working to create a better future every day, Unilever helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Its portfolio includes Kenya’s best loved locally produced brands, OMO, Sunlight, Blue Band, Royco, Geisha and Vaseline, as well as key world’s renowned brands, like Knorr, Dove, Lux, Axe, among many others.

The company was ranked Top Employer for 2015 in Kenya by the Top Employer Institute, an international certification institute. In 2013, Unilever was recognized as a leading employer in Kenya by the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) scooping six out of the ten IHRM awards. Unilever tea in Kenya was the first company worldwide to achieve Rain Forest Alliance Certified, in 2007, Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) farm standards. Since then it has continued to achieve this certification.

Unilever’s global ambition is to double the size of its business, whilst reducing the overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing the positive social impact. Unilever is committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all its agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling its growth from its environmental impact. Supporting its three big goals, Unilever has defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at 

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