12-year-old Talia Naidoo, a learner from Bedfordview Primary School (BPS) was crowned one of the champions of season three of Disney Cookabout, winning R50,000 for her school.
Her winnings will go towards upgrading facilities, including a vegetable garden at BPS. She also won a hamper along with a trophy. Disney Africa wrapped production of the third season of Disney Cookabout in 2019. Production moved to Gauteng for the first time, with an open casting call for children between the ages of 10 and 13. Hundreds of entries were received and after a two-day audition process, eight new contestants were chosen for season three. Ditiro Simelane from Edenvale was also one of the contestants.
Disney Cookabout is hosted by comedic duo Chef Kirsten Mohamed and Sous Chef Mthunzi Ntoyi, who guided the contestants as they learnt how to create simple and appetising dishes for the whole family.
‘Being on TV was a dream come true for me and winning Disney Cookabout was more than I could have hoped for. I am so happy to have won the money for my school. I know that the vegetable garden will help in teaching children about food and healthy eating and I also hope that it will assist families in need,’ said Talia.
Naidoo’s parents – Belinda and Dean – are proud of what Talia has achieved. ‘It all started with her desire to participate in the competition, so we encouraged her to send in her clip. We hope that her participation and win inspires other youngsters to seek out their passion and go for it,’ said Belinda.