Leeu Collection hospitality group has announced its partnership with Chef Ritu Dalmia, a restaurateur from Delhi, where she owns Italian restaurant Diva. Chef Ritu will look after all international restaurant interests of the Leeu Collection, excluding its South African restaurants. The appointment of Chef Ritu reflects the focus of Leeu Collection on Hospitality acquisitions in South Africa, Italy, and the U.K.. Continue reading →
Last week, over a four-day period, I experienced the gift of a Silent Retreat at Temenos Retreat in McGregor. The essence of the Silent Retreat is to not speak and to look inward, learning to love oneself. Continue reading →
Last night I attended a Charity dinner at Locandoa at Villa 47, cooked for by Chef Theo Penati, of one star Michelin restaurant Pierino Penati in Vigano in Italy. The focus of his dinner was pork, having been brought to our city and to Villa 47 by Beretta, cured cold meat supplier to Villa 47 and to Woolworths via Rialto. Chef Theo introduced us to traditional Italian food culture. Continue reading →
The S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 finalists have been announced, ten finalists from twenty world regions competing to win the regional Honours, before 20 winners of the 20 regions meet each other in the Grand Final of the international Young Chef 2016 contest.
The Africa-Middle East finalist list has a lower South African young chef presence, yet Continue reading →
Last Saturday evening my friend Giulio Loggerian and I dined at La Sosta restaurant in Swellendam, which won Eat Out Best Italian restaurant in 2014. It was an unusual experience in a number of respects, especially in that the owners themselves describe La Sosta as an ‘Italian restaurant with a twist’! Continue reading →
Last week the whole of Cape Town, if not South Africa, was rooting for Chef Angelo Scirocco of The Chef’s Warehouse in the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, representing Africa and the Middle East, but it was not meant to be. Chef Mark Moriarity from Dublin won the title in the inaugural competition, which received 3000 entries from Continue reading →
Franschhoek has joined The Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World, an international network of cities promoting the benefits of culinary excellence and good food, in partnership with the Cape Winelands District Municipality.
The Délice Network has 21 member cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Montreal, Lausanne, Milan, Copenhagen, Chicago, Gothenburg, Birmingham, Helsinki, and Brussels. It is the only city in the Continue reading →
As a writer I receive invitations to many special events. Yesterday’s Africa/Middle East finals of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, held at the SA Chef’s Academy, was one of those memorable events, particularly as the nine finalists no doubt will become the future top chefs of our country and of Dubai.
Originally ten finalist chefs aged 30 years or younger were selected to represent Africa and the Middle East. Chef Eka Mochamad of the Pepper Fine Dining Restaurant at Jumeirah in Dubai had to withdraw due to the early birth of his child. The nine finalist chefs were from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Dubai, many meeting for the first time at the competition. The Continue reading →
Not only talented Young Chefs from South Africa, but also some of our top celebrity chefs will be involved in judging the best S. Pellegrino Young Chef in the Middle East and Africa, taking place in Milan from 25 – 27 June. Cape Town and the Winelands have four of ten Young Chef nominations for the judging region, and one celebrity Chef international judge. A total of 3000 Young Chefs entered the Young Chef competition globally.
The four Cape Town and Winelands Young Chef nominees, having to be under the age of 30 years to qualify, are the following: Continue reading →
From number one in the New York Times ‘52 Places to go in 2014‘, Cape Town has fallen right off the list of ‘52 Places to go in 2015‘. In its place, Durban has made 7th on this prestigious list this year! Cape Town too has lost out to Los Angeles as the home for filming the German reality series ‘Der Bachelor’.
The South African stories for the New York Times are written by Sarah Khan, an American writer who now lives in Cape Town. Having become proudly-Cape Town, Khan has written many articles about Cape Town, even though her restaurant recommendations for Cape Town in Travel + Leisure left much to be desired Continue reading →