World Testicle Cooking Championship, Ozrem 2010
The Seventh World Testicle Cooking Championship in preparing food and aphrodisiacs with testicles of edible animals took place in Ozrem, a remote village in the heart of the central Serbian mountainous area, Sumadija.
The camp, full of small and big tents and camping vans of participants fully equipped with wooden tables and banks, mobile refrigerators with delicacies and ingredients, and big kettles for cooking, as well as a huge pile of wood to be used for fire, was placed next to the river of Ozremica on a wonderful green field bordered by the shadow of many trees.
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Friday, 27 August 2010
Competitors from 20 Serbian towns and a team from Slovakia settled on Friday afternoon the MUD®ISTIČKI camp (which mide be translated as „the camp od Testicleade“, but also as „the camp od Wisdomiade“), where they started to prepare various food.
Sasa from Loznica was not laizy to immediately catch some crebs in pure waters of a small river and used them to make an excellent meal. Others made delicacies of fresh mushrooms picked in the forest surrounding the place, salats of different herbs, grilled grasshopers, lamb prepared in different ways, chicken, pork, delicious steaks on grill, cevapcici and pljeskavice (hamburger) – famous Serbian grill made of ground meat, beans made in an earth pot, fish soup and grilled trout.
Everybody has fun, makes friends with neighbours, they talk and laugh, sing and dance. Besides participants, there are many visitors from many towns in Serbia, United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Hungary... Just few metres away there's a disco club, big tents with traditional Serbian music, people are joyful and relaxed, enjoying this break in everyday life, often too serious and gray, enjoying sun and music, smell of great food and taste of Serbia's famous home made plumb schnaps, rakija, as well as wine or beer, for those who cannot cope with so strong spirit.
Following the great party at the camp, that lasted till dorn, participants had just few hours to rest until the beginning of the competition next day.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Curious visitors are ariving in sunny Ozrem since early morning hours – they are here to see and cheer the chefs competing in a very unusual discipline, unique in the world: preparing aphrodisiacs and delicacies with testicles of edible animals; a name that is very strange and bold. Making such food is a tradition not only in Serbia or the Balkans. These animal parts have been eaten since old times in the entire world, whether somebody likes it or not! This championship will never have food such as drunken monkey's brains, cats, dogs, penis of different animals, but exclusively parts of animals that have been normally and traditionally used in a human diet. Nothing more than that! Just a great party along with great delicacies, drinks and music and enjoying nature.
Kettles, pots, earthenware, fire beneath, the sound of nives, spoons, forks; each team has its own secret recepe and a special ingredient it guards jealously from the public eye. The competition takes pace, jury can hardly wait to try it all and decide who will be the one to earn a title of the world champion.
Jury was composed of: President of the jury Anna Wexler (Israel), Ljiljana Cvekić, Joost van Egmond, Voja Kajganić, Svetislav Momčilović, Ari Muller and Milena Đorđević. All members of the jury are top gourmand as well as great experts in food, dealing with coocking on everyday basis.
Jury had an extremely difficult task of choosing among the greatest food the best one. Two hours after tasting the top tasting meals, the professional jury decided to award the best in the world the meal prepared by a team „Mrsa's“ from nearby city of Cacak. Captain and the main chef of the team is Milorad Vukajlović, with a nickname Mrso, what in Serbian mean „Skiny“, veterinarian by profession. Vukajlović is a man who has prepared such delicacies since he was a child. He was not so much suprised by his own victory, but he could not hide his happiness for winning the title of the best chef of the delicacies in the world.
Following the announcement of the winners, the party lasted till noon next day.
Starting this year, the Championship is also handing out certificates for the most brave, the most wise and the most human act in the world. Having in mind that this is a competition in preparing meals of testicles and brave and great acts could be committed only by people for whom we can say that they have balls (or guts), Ljubomir Erovic (a creator and organiser of the Chapionship) thinks it would be all right if this organisation would give such certificates. By doing so, we want to honour and remind the world on acts that brave people have done since the beginning of the world. A team of people from several countries is in charge of the choice of the people worth to get the certificate
So, if you have courage and cooking skills and creativity, we are expecting you next year at our festival. Welcome.