An 'espeto' consists of fresh sardines threaded onto a skewer, sprinkled with salt and oil and cooked over an open fire; but to make a good one isn't an easy task. It requires time, dedication, knowledge of the product and being able to place the ... skewers in exactly the right spot and at the right angle over the hot coals. Not so hot that the sardines burn nor too cool so that they stay raw inside. Pepe's Beach in Estepona got everything right and won first prize in the third Ruta del Espeto ... dish was Mamadou Sou, an 'espetero' originally from Senegal. He highlights the time it takes to cook the perfect espeto: "Every sardine is different, each one requires a certain amount of time," he explained. Mamadou believes that the fire is the key.