The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry vivaciously accepted the gift of a tube of Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil when I delivered it over the weekend, and she proudly shared that it is her favourite olive oil, using it in her restaurants. Kerry told me that business has picked up very nicely at the Steenberg Hotel and its Restaurants since Lockdown, and the full carpark on Saturday morning was testimony to that, with a big birthday celebration underway. Menu adaptations have been made, to the three course offerings as well as introducing lighter dishes for locals on the À la Carte menu.
Kerry comes from the Eastern Cape, and started her love for food preparation by baking cakes at school. She studied cheffing at Silwood Kitchen, and it was an internship and position at La Colombe that its Chef Frank Dangereux became her mentor, and she really fell in love with food and cooking. She joined Steenberg in 2014, first at Bistro Sixteen82 and from 2018 the then Catharina (now named Tryn) was added to her portfolio.
It was a lovely surprise to meet up again with new Tryn Assistant Manager Tammy Brown, whom I had not seen since the start of Lockdown. She kept me company while I had a cup of tea as well as their delicious chocolate mousse dessert, kindly comped by Tammy.
We are grateful to Brenda Wilkinson of RIO LARGO Olive Estate for sponsoring a gift of its beautiful colourful Extra Virgin Olive Oil packs to our Top 10 Women Chefs.
RIO LARGO is a producer of award-winning olive oils, its estate located on the Southern banks of the Breede River, between Worcester and Robertson. It comprises olive orchards with 18000 trees, with Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina and FS-17 cultivars, vines, an olive nursery, and a state-of-the-art olive processing and bottling plant. The sunshine hours and cold winters of the estate make the location perfect for olive growing. The Olive Oil is available in 500 ml, 1 litre and 2 litre packs. It is a proudly South African olive oil brand.
Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town. www.steenbergfarm.com Instagram: @steenbergfarm
RIO LARGO Olive Estate, Scherpenheuvel, between Robertson and Worcester. Cell 082 688 0578 www.riolargo.co.za Instagram : @riolargooliveestate
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