Efrat Chooses its Second 'Cholent King'

For the second year in a row, Efrat held its “King of Cholent” competition. 11 men competed for the coveted title.

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Elad Benari & Yedidya Ben Or,

Judges of cholent contest
Judges of cholent contest
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For the second year in a row, the city of Efrat held last week its “King of Cholent” competition.

11 men from Efrat prepared various recipes of the Jewish dish, traditionally eaten on Shabbat, and competed for the coveted title of ‘Cholent King of Efrat.’

The competition was held in two stages: In the first stage, the judges and tasters tasted the different dishes and looked at their aesthetics. In the second stage, all participants gathered around a large table, and each competitor presented his cholent, explained the cooking process he used, and added details on the special personal angle which made his dish special.

The competition was judged by MK Uri Orbach, journalist Hanoch Daum and author Hayuta Deutsch.

One contestant told the judges that “the cholent pot is like life. You can fill it but you need to fill it with quality things and not just with anything. You need to understand what you’re filling it with.”

The contestant took pride in the fact that he used fresh, Israeli beef in his dish.

“People don’t always know that there’s fresh Israeli meat at an international level,” he said. “That’s what’s in my cholent. Meat from the Golan Heights.”