Running for its 6th year, the annual Nando’s Malaysian Grillers’ Challenge kicks-off in full swing as the men and women behind the delicious flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken go head on for the coveted title of Best Malaysian Griller. This year, the top three winners of the national competition will represent Malaysia on the world stage at The Nando’s International Grillers’ Challenge 2017 set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, the home country of Nando’s. Our local grilling experts will be pitted against a host of top grillers from around the globe such as the UK, USA, Australia, the UAE and much more.
The national competition will see the most fiery grillers from over 73 Nando’s restaurants across various states in Malaysia put their skills to the test to produce the most succulent PERi-PERi chicken this September 2017.
“The Nando’s Grillers’ Challenge has been a fantastic way for Nando’s restaurants across the globe to ensure that Nando’s dishes being served to its loyal customers meet the exceptionally high standards that Nando’s is renowned for, ensuring that customers can expect only the best quality, perfectly cooked chicken meal each time they dine at a Nando’s restaurant, no matter where in the world they are,” said Stephen Chew, CEO of Nando’s Malaysia.
Fueled by the vibrant and unique power of PERi-PERi, helmed by the South African spirit, the competition turns up the heat in the Art of Grilling, where the judging criteria follows a strict system consisting of 4 main areas; Griller’s Appearance, Hygiene & Preparation of the chickens, Front Grill & Final Cooking as well as Taste & Presentation.
With ‘People’ being a key factor in the Nando’s world, this competition aims to give recognition to their most dedicated grillers, who are responsible for firing up the amazing flame-grilled PERi-PERi chickens loved by many. The representatives from each country receives not only glory, but also gets to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experiential trip to the host country of the competition where they meet other grillers sharing the same passion. Beyond the competition, it is a chance for the grillers to bond with the bigger Nando’s family whilst experiencing personal growth as well as career growth.
“Here at Nando’s we have a saying – Nando’s is not just about the chicken, but the people who make the chicken. The grillers play a huge role in delivering the product aspect of every customer’s Nando’s experience, hence we want them to feel that they are important members of the Nando’s family. They are the heroes behind the grill, and without the shared passion for PERi-PERi igniting in our bones, Nando’s would not be able to achieve what it has today,” added Chew.
Elevating the competition further this year, Nando’s is on the search to recruit the people who truly enjoy Nando’s flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken to join the ranks as a taste judge. Open to all customers, Nando’s will be running a ‘Chicken Expert’ competition to identify the most qualified Nando’s chicken expert based on an interactive online interview. The successful ‘Chicken Expert’ will then not only go on to join Stephen Chew, who will be leading the brood at the finals as a taste judge, but also win a trip for two to the land of PERi-PERi – South Africa. Those who believe they have what it takes will need to log onto www.nandoschickenexpert.com to participate.
“We know without doubt that our flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken is essential to the Nando’s customer experience. And while our chicken is the hero, at Nando’s we strive to take all our customers on a journey that’s about more than the chicken and that is why we want to include them in one of the most exciting competitions we have for our Nandocas family – the Malaysian Grillers Challenge,” commented Chew further.