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Dîner des Grands Chefs 2013

On Monday, April 22; 45 Relais & Châteaux Grands Chefs descend on London for unforgettable culinary experience.
It’s the third edition of the World Culinary Tour, and Grands Chefs will be there from all over the globe, including Margot Janse.
In teams of three, each chef will create a signature course, inspired by the best British produce, ‘resulting in 15 different and never-seen-before menus, prepared live for 600 guests in the magnificent Old Billingsgate’.
The British produce the chefs will be working with:
Appetizer: Devonshire brown rock crab or Cornish lobster
First main course: Gigha halibut or Scottish scallops (diver caught)
Second main course: Aberdeen Angus beef or Rhug Estate Denbighshire chicken
The final two courses will be cheese and pudding.
We can’t wait to see what Margot does with the glorious produce!

On Monday, April 22; 45 Relais & Châteaux Grands Chefs descend on London for unforgettable culinary experience.  It’s the third edition of the World Culinary Tour, Dîner des Grands Chefs 2013; and Grands Chefs will be there from all over the globe, including Margot Janse.

In teams of three, each chef will create a signature course, inspired by the best British produce, ‘resulting in 15 different and never-seen-before menus, prepared live for 600 guests in the magnificent Old Billingsgate’, which overlooks London Bridge. The event will be held in support of  the association Action Against Hunger.

dinner des grand chefs

The British produce the chefs will be working with:
Appetizer: Devonshire brown rock crab or Cornish lobster
First main course: Gigha halibut or Scottish scallops (diver caught)
Second main course: Aberdeen Angus beef or Rhug Estate Denbighshire chicken

The final two courses will be cheese and pudding.

We can’t wait to see what Margot does with the glorious produce!

View the 45 Grands Chefs who will be attending.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, London, Margot Janse, Relais & Chateaux,
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Grapes and Art

The winelands are as pretty as a painting; from verdant vineyards to statuesque mountains and valley vistas. Our wine valleys are living works of art, and so are the wines that come from them. Wine and art go together like crackers and cheese, and we’re not only spoilt with a wealth of natural beauty but indeed many wine estates have superlative art collections.

art hess museum

On the Grapes and Art excursion our Art Curator, Ilse Schermers, will personally accompany you on tours of the chosen estates. You’ll begin at Glen Carlou Wine Estate, home to the largest, privately owned contemporary art collection in the world. Then you’ll enjoy their award-winning wine while looking out over their indigenous fynbos garden. After that discover the elegant Rupert Art Museum where over 350 contemporary South African paintings, sculptures and tapestries dating from the 1940 to 1970 periods are showcased. Finish up at Tokara, and enjoy the various art exhibitions on display in and around the wine cellar and tasting room: make sure to have a peek at the ‘wine made art’ unique to the estate.

OR

Immerse yourself in the oh-so fabulous world of Delaire Graff Estate; from the breath-taking gardens to the jaw-dropping collection of South African paintings and sculptures.

*Optional lunch at either Delaire Graff or Tokara. To Book Click Here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Experience, Inspiration, Is Art,
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Amazon Alex

Yesterday, acclaimed Brazilian chef Alex Atala took to the stage at The Design Indaba as a ‘Food Design’ speaker. He seduced the packed room with his passion for Brazil, indigenous ingredients and food philosophy. Some out-takes are:
“Old ideas can be more clever and modern than new ideas. New ideas tend to be driven by innovation, think of the phone to the smart phone.”
“What is creativity for a chef? It’s not doing something that’s not been done. It’s doing something surprising.”
“The best way to be global is to be local.”
At one point Margot Janse joined him on stage, so we asked her a few questions.
What did you do on stage?
Nothing! [laughs]. He said I was his translator, but I didn’t need to translate anything. My Portuguese is great. [laughs again].
How would you describe his cooking style?
He’s my hero, my inspiration. I really appreciate that he so respects his country and is proud of Brazil. He realises he has a responsibility to educate people about the amazing produce and culture. In his speech he spoke about reinventing and making food a surprise; you’re getting something that’s already done, but in a new way—and he shows respect to where it’s come from.
His food is not overdone, and he honours Brazil in such a deep way.
He’s coming to eat at The Tasting Room tonight?
Yes, and everybody is asking me what I’m going to give him. Well, what I usually do! But I’ll start off with suurvygies. I’ve visited his restaurant, D.O.M in Brazil many times and I’ve given him baobab and buchu already!
What Brazilian ingredients piqued your interest?
All the strange and unbelievable things from the Amazon; from the wetland plant priprioca which he uses in desserts as you would vanilla, to jambu root which literally tastes  electric.

Yesterday, acclaimed Brazilian chef Alex Atala took to the stage at The Design Indaba as a ‘Food Design’ speaker. He seduced the packed room with his passion for Brazil, indigenous ingredients and food philosophy. Some out-takes are:

“Old ideas can be more clever and modern than new ideas. New ideas tend to be driven by innovation, think of the phone to the smart phone.”

“What is creativity for a chef? It’s not doing something that’s not been done. It’s doing something surprising.”

“The best way to be global is to be local.”

alex atala

At one point Margot Janse joined him on stage, so we asked her a few questions.

What did you do on stage?
Nothing! [laughs]. He said I was his translator, but I didn’t need to translate anything. My Portuguese is great. [laughs again].

How would you describe his cooking style?
He’s my hero, my inspiration. I really appreciate that he so respects his country and is proud of Brazil. He realises he has a responsibility to educate people about the amazing produce and culture. In his speech he spoke about reinventing and making food a surprise; you’re getting something that’s already done, but in a new way—and he shows respect to where it’s come from.

His food is not overdone, and he honours Brazil in such a deep way.

He’s coming to eat at The Tasting Room tonight?
Yes, and everybody is asking me what I’m going to give him. Well, what I usually do! But I’ll start off with suurvygies. I’ve visited his restaurant, D.O.M many times and I’ve given him baobab and buchu already!

What Brazilian ingredients piqued your interest?
All the strange and unbelievable things from the Amazon; from the wetland plant priprioca which he uses in desserts as you would vanilla, to jambu root which literally tastes  electric.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Indaba, Ingredients, Inspiration,
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