Grill skills: showdown to determine the greatest German grillmeister of them all

Grillen - the German word for barbecue - goes with summer just like lakes, beer and World Cup football. While the latter didn’t work out so well in 2018, this weekend’s German Barbecue Championships gives one lucky team the chance to bring home some silverware - and a cool €12,000

Grill skills: showdown to determine the greatest German grillmeister of them all
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We’ve all got that friend who comes to the barbecue and likes to commandeer the grill, grabbing the tongs out of someone else’s hands to show everyone how it's done. If you love barbecues but can’t think of someone in your group of friends who fits that description, then that person is probably you. 

This Sunday will see the crowning of the Deutsche Grillkönig – the German Barbecue King – at the 23rd German Grilling and Barbecue Championships in Fulda. Forty teams – separated into professional and amateur divisions – in total will complete for the crown.

The professionals are required to prepare six courses – fish out of the local lake, pork steak, beef brisket and chicken breast, a vegetarian option and dessert – while the amateurs will only need to prepare the four meat dishes.

Each team are provided with the same amount of meat, fish and chicken to ensure that only the grill skills on the day determine the eventual champion. 

In what might just be the best job going around, the winners will be decided by a 130-strong jury panel who are tasked with grading the team’s efforts. 

The Championships are held annually by the German Barbecue Association which lists its goal as to “promote grilling and barbecue culture in Germany and to cultivate the high recreational value of grilling as a cultural asset”. Oh don’t we know it. 

But there’s plenty more than just pride at stake for these budding grillmeisters. The winners will earn themselves a cool €12,100 for their trouble along with a trophy, medals and a fair dose of pride to last them through the long German winter.

Last year’s Grillkönig Martin Schulz – not the one of SPD fame – returns this year to defend the title he won by creating a Bavarian pork belly meets Asia fusion burger. 

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Unfortunately for those who might fancy themselves as an outside chance for the crown, registration for the event was held in January – but that means you’ve got five months to get your team together, dust off your apron and suit up for the 2019 championships.

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LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market

If you're looking for the right sun protection this summer, then you should be aware that the Spanish Ministry of Health has requested that 14 sunscreens be withdrawn because their SPF doesn't correspond to what is advertised.

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market
The Spanish Ministry of Health requests the withdrawal of 14 sun creams. Photo: MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and the Ministry of Health, requested on Tuesday the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sun creams because the sun protection factor (SPF) that they advertise does not correspond to the labelling.

The results were discovered during a recent trial AEMPS carried out to guarantee that the sun protection factor is the one announced by the manufacturers. The trials focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 50+, especially those with very light creams, mists and sprays. The agency chose 19 products from companies in different countries, of different sizes and price points.

Only five of the 19 creams analysed provided protection that was consistent with its labelling.

Five of the sun creams had an SPF much lower than that indicated on their labels, always below an SPF factor of 29.9. These are:

  • Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 from Ab7
  • Mussvital Photoprotector Spray Ultra Light 50+ aerosol from Peroxfarma
  • Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch SPF 50 High by Beiersdorf AG
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High) by Wilkinson Sword
  • Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray by Biorius

Nine of the sunscreens were found to have an SPF of between 30 and 49.9, instead of the advertised 50. These were:

  • Les Cosmetiques Sun Ultimate Sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin from Carrefour
  • Belle & Sun Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50 by Perseida Beauty
  • Isdin Photoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50 from ISDIN daily use facial sunscreen
  • Farline sun spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very High Protection
  • Babaria Solar Protective Mist SPF 50 by Berioska
  • Seesee Transparent Sun Spray SPF 50+ by Cosmetrade
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Gel Sun Cream SFP 50 High Protection by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté
  • Ladival Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ from STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Luminous Tan Comfort cream SPF 50+ by Coty

No incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have been reported, however the Ministry of Consumption has started to investigate possible illicit advertising and unfair practices, and where appropriate, will sanction the manufacturers.

According to Weather Online, the UV Index in Spain and other Mediterranean countries is a lot higher than in northern European countries. Indices of 9 and 10 are common, whereas, in the UK, the UV Index rarely exceeds 8.

If you’re looking for extra protection this summer, a new app, UV-Derma has been released by professors from the University of Malaga, which calculates how long you can stay in the sun before burning. 

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