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Bread & Wine is looking for a chef de partie!

Attention foodies! Bread &Wine is looking for a chef de partie to join our kitchen team.
Want to work alongside the Charcuterie King of South Africa, Neil Jewell? This is your chance!
“Our highly talented chef Neil Jewell and his team create fantastic food as well as charcuterie. We have a small team of hard working chefs and would like to strengthen this. If you are hardworking and humorous, able to offer creative flair & imagination for our seasonally influenced a la carte menu, specials and function menus. Capable of running your own section, maintaining standards and implementing suggestions or ideas. Open daily for lunches, including weekends and some evenings.”
Please email Tina at breadandwine@moreson.co.za, with your CV as well as a short motivation letter. Applicants must have a passion for charcuterie.

Attention foodies! Bread &Wine is looking for a chef de partie to join our kitchen team.

Want to work alongside the Charcuterie King of South Africa, Neil Jewell? This is your chance!

chef de partie

“Our highly talented chef Neil Jewell and his team create fantastic food as well as charcuterie. We have a small team of hard working chefs and would like to strengthen this. If you are hardworking and humorous, able to offer creative flair & imagination for our seasonally influenced a la carte menu, specials and function menus. Capable of running your own section, maintaining standards and implementing suggestions or ideas. Open daily for lunches, including weekends and some evenings.”

Please email Tina at breadandwine@moreson.co.za, with your CV as well as a short motivation letter. Applicants must have a passion for charcuterie.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Chefs,
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The Cape Leopard Trust 10th anniversary Fundraising Lunch

Coming up on August, 16; Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine will be cooking at the 10th anniversary Fundraising Lunch of The Cape Leopard Trust: ‘an afternoon of delectable food, light entertainment and fabulous  people’

Cape Leopard Trust

Joining him on the star-chef line-up are Vanessa Marx and Pieter de Jager—and together the three fabulous chefs will’prepare a relaxed family-style lunch’. While local personalities Braam Malherbe and Liezel van der Westhuizen get involved in the kitchen too.

Plus, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Ian Bredenkamp will lead you through the afternoon.

What will Neil be cooking? A silky rendition of Champagne risotto, pea and truffle oil.

Tickets are R1 500 per person and are available via :
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, Lené van der Merwe  at +27 (0)21 876 8002 or email reservations@leopardsleap.co.za / Or Opulent Living at +27 (0)21 433 1699 or email CLT@opulentliving.co.za

Ticket proceeds as well as 100% of the money raised via the auction go directly to The Cape Leopard Trust.

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Chef Gerald van der Walt to join The Tasting Room team

Like every other Executive Chef at the top of their game—Margot Janse has decided to appoint a Head Chef for The Tasting Room; Gerald van der Walt (formerly of The Greenhouse in Cape Town). This creative collaboration is set to take the much-awarded fine dining restaurant to new heights.
“I am most certainly not leaving,” says Margot Janse. “I’ve appointed Gerald as there’s a gap at the top: taking nothing away from my team. I have incredible chefs. Gregory Caci my sous chef is fantastic and he and my team deserve the support. I’m travelling a lot and I think that it’s only fair that there’s another person at the top. This means I’ll be able to manage my time better, and that I can spread myself further without losing anything.”
“He’s a great chef and I love the fact that Gerald knows the food scene in the Cape. And I really like his nature; he’s not a prima donna… His passion is in the right place.”
We caught up with Gerald ahead of his appointment in July to find out more about this intriguing chef.
What excited you about working in The Tasting Room?
The Tasting Room has a great reputation, it’s one of the best restaurants in the
country; and is all about progression and quality. The Tasting Room has been at the forefront for such a long time, how can I not be interested and excited about working there? It’s exactly where I want to be. There are a handful of really great chefs in the country, a lot of good ones, but a small amount of really great ones, now I have the opportunity to work alongside a second, I feel very privileged to have this chance.
Describe your philosophy and approach to cooking?
Food in a fine dining establishment needs to be thought provoking, not necessarily philosophical or sociological, it doesn’t have to change your political views either, but there has to be a few points during the meal when the diner has to query or ask questions; questions such as, I wonder how they made that? That’s an interesting combination; I wonder why they put those together? It has to make you think a little, but only if you want to, of course, a meal should also be enjoyable without having the need to make one think, but it’s nice to make it a talking point, or at least a point of interest.
Food has to be carefully prepared with the focus on quality – never compromise on quality and authenticity; it can be the most complex of dishes with a variety of flavours and textures, or something simple, as long as all care has been taken to make sure it tastes good – and simple doesn’t always mean easy.
Your favourite ingredient?
I love mushrooms. The varieties are so versatile: crumbed and fried, pickled, puréed, as soup or fresh, served with chicken, fish, beef, lamb or by itself, basically any which way with nearly anything. I also enjoy foraging for them when I do get the chance.
What don’t people know about you?
If you don’t know about it, it is probably for the best… Only kidding, I’m not too secretive, I’m quite transparent, there isn’t a great deal people don’t know; I guess the one thing is that I’m trying to write a novel, and as you  can see, I’m still slaving away in the kitchen, so it has not really been successful thus far.
Your thoughts on working with Margot Janse?
I am very excited about the opportunity. When I was a trainee chef, clumsily stumbling my way through chef school, I remember reading articles about her and what she was doing at The Tasting Room (not for a second, did I then, think that I would be where I am today). It is very humbling to have been given this chance, slightly nerve wracking, but very exciting, and I hope to learn a great deal while working next to her.
You’re moving to Franschhoek! What are you looking forward to exploring in the area?
Franschhoek is phenomenal, one of the most beautiful places in our country, Jean [Gerald’s wife] and I can’t believe we’re moving there, but I’m excited to experience the wine farms properly (quite difficult when you have to drive back to Cape Town, the wine has to be limited). Also eating at all the restaurants around the area and the surrounding walks and hikes up the mountains and forests.
Jean and I enjoy time out just wandering around, looking for mushrooms, when the season is right, or just getting lost somewhere. I also really want to try the Wine Tram, very keen on that one.
I know Margot and LQF do a lot of community work, and it will be great to get involved there too.
Other than cooking, what are your passions?
Music, food, sport, all sorts of storytelling and wine – we had a wine-themed wedding, yeah, I like wine a lot.
Describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, driven, grumpy – but funny grumpy, not too serious

Like every other Executive Chef at the top of their game—Margot Janse has decided to appoint a Head Chef for The Tasting Room; Gerald van der Walt (formerly of The Greenhouse in Cape Town). This creative collaboration is set to take the much-awarded fine dining restaurant to new heights.

“I am most certainly not leaving,” says Margot Janse. “I’ve appointed Gerald as there’s a gap at the top: taking nothing away from my team. I have incredible chefs. Gregory Caci my sous chef is fantastic and he and my team deserve the support. I’m travelling a lot and I think that it’s only fair that there’s another person at the top. This means I’ll be able to manage my time better, and that I can spread myself further without losing anything.”

“Gerald’s a great chef and I love the fact that he knows the food scene in the Cape. And I really like his nature; he’s not a prima donna… His passion is in the right place.”

gerald

We caught up with Gerald ahead of his appointment in July to find out more about this intriguing chef.

What excited you about working in The Tasting Room?
The Tasting Room has a great reputation, it’s one of the best restaurants in the country; and is all about progression and quality. The Tasting Room has been at the forefront for such a long time, how can I not be interested and excited about working there? It’s exactly where I want to be. There are a handful of really great chefs in the country, a lot of good ones, but a small amount of really great ones, now I have the opportunity to work alongside a second, I feel very privileged to have this chance.

Describe your philosophy and approach to cooking?
Food in a fine dining establishment needs to be thought provoking, not necessarily philosophical or sociological, it doesn’t have to change your political views either, but there has to be a few points during the meal when the diner has to query or ask questions. Questions such as, I wonder how they made that? That’s an interesting combination; I wonder why they put those together? It has to make you think a little, but only if you want to, of course, a meal should also be enjoyable without having the need to make one think, but it’s nice to make it a talking point, or at least a point of interest.

Food has to be carefully prepared with the focus on quality – never compromise on quality and authenticity; it can be the most complex of dishes with a variety of flavours and textures, or something simple, as long as all care has been taken to make sure it tastes good – and simple doesn’t always mean easy.

Your favourite ingredient?
I love mushrooms. The varieties are so versatile: crumbed and fried, pickled, puréed, as soup or fresh, served with chicken, fish, beef, lamb or by itself, basically any which way with nearly anything. I also enjoy foraging for them when I do get the chance.

What don’t people know about you?
If you don’t know about it, it is probably for the best… Only kidding, I’m not too secretive, I’m quite transparent, there isn’t a great deal people don’t know. I guess the one thing is that I’m trying to write a novel, and as you  can see, I’m still slaving away in the kitchen, so it has not really been successful thus far.

Your thoughts on working with Margot Janse?
I am very excited about the opportunity. When I was a trainee chef, clumsily stumbling my way through chef school, I remember reading articles about her and what she was doing at The Tasting Room (not for a second, did I then, think that I would be where I am today). It is very humbling to have been given this chance, slightly nerve wracking, but very exciting, and I hope to learn a great deal while working next to her.

You’re moving to Franschhoek! What are you looking forward to exploring in the area?
Franschhoek is phenomenal, one of the most beautiful places in our country, Jean [Gerald’s wife] and I can’t believe we’re moving there, but I’m excited to experience the wine farms properly (quite difficult when you have to drive back to Cape Town, the wine has to be limited). Also eating at all the restaurants around the area and the surrounding walks and hikes up the mountains and forests.

Jean and I enjoy time out just wandering around, looking for mushrooms, when the season is right, or just getting lost somewhere. I also really want to try the Wine Tram, very keen on that one.

I know Margot and LQF do a lot of community work, and it will be great to get involved there too.

Other than cooking, what are your passions?
Music, food, sport, all sorts of storytelling and wine – we had a wine-themed wedding, yeah, I like wine a lot.

Describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, driven, grumpy – but funny grumpy, not too serious

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Le Quartier Français, The Tasting Room,
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ChefSteps – learn to cook online

Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide.
ChefSteps by members of the Modernist Cuisine team is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic.

Want to know how to make the perfect macaroon? Or perhaps you’ve always been interested in the principles of sous vide? Well here’s your chance to delve into the minds of celebrated chefs – at the click of a mouse.

ChefSteps-Grant-Crilly-Apple-hsv

ChefSteps was created by members of the Modernist Cuisine team and is an online portal that encompasses classes on culinary techniques, tips and videos as well as an interactive forum discussing all things gastronomic. And it’s free, go on, check it out.

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Margot and Neil dish on each other

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked



  

The Celebrity Chefs Challenge

Feed a child for a year and attend a swanky gourmet evening at the same time. Sound good? On 12 October, The Celebrity Chefs Challenge is back.

peninsula feeding school

“Join celebrity chefs Margot Janse (Le Quartier Français), Chris Erasmus (Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant), Neil Jewell (Bread and Wine) and Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s) for a unique dining experience where they will prepare a six-course menu using only Peninsula School Feeding Association’s staple ingredients such as samp, beans, maize, carrots, lentils and sugar beans.”

All courses will be paired with complimentary wines. Tickets cost only R395, which will cover the cost of feeding a child for a year!

To book your tickets, send your request to Kate at ccc@psfa.co.za

12 October, 6.30pm
Granger Bay Hotel School Restaurant, Mouille Point, Cape Town

PSFA currently feeds 22 000 children daily in 113 schools across the Western Cape. Last year, the Celebrity Chefs Challenge raised over R233 000, feeding over 630 learners for the entire year. For more info please contact us on 021 447 6020.

An auction item list is available to preview. Please email ccc@psfa.co.za to request a copy. Credit card facilities will be available. If you’d like to add items to the auction, please let them know.

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Pork crackling by Neil Jewell

Not much can beat that snap of perfectly made crackling: salty, savoury and moreish, it’s a pig lover’s delight. Eat on its own as a snack, crumble over risotto or pair with moist roast pork.
Ingredients
300gram pork skin (tip: make friends with a good butcher and you’ll get this for cheap, cheap)
7.5 ml pimento
1 star anise
2.5ml nutmeg
2.5 ml cracked black pepper
2.5 ml paprika
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
10ml coarse sea salt
Method
Dry roast spices and grind to a powder. Rub spice and salt into skin. Place in a bag and leave overnight in the fridge. Cook in a low oven, 160 °C on a cooling rack, for 2 ½ hours.

Not much can beat that snap of perfectly made crackling: salty, savoury and moreish, it’s a pig lover’s delight. Eat on its own as a snack, crumble over risotto or pair with moist roast pork.

crackling pork

Delicious roast pork lunch at Bread & Wine

Ingredients
300gr pork skin (tip: make friends with a good butcher and you’ll get this for cheap, cheap)
7.5 ml pimento
1 star anise
2.5ml nutmeg
2.5 ml cracked black pepper
2.5 ml paprika
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
10ml coarse sea salt

Method
Dry roast spices and grind to a powder. Rub spice and salt into skin. Place in a bag and leave overnight in the fridge. Cook in a low oven, 160 °C on a cooling rack, for 2 ½ hours.

Chop and eat!

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Chefs who Share raised R1 195 000 for charity!

Earlier in September, Margot Janse took part in charity dinner Chefs Who Share. 14 acclaimed South African chefs – paired in duos –presented seven especially designed menus for the night. Margot was paired with David Higgs from Saxon Hotel and Spa.

“It was an amazing night,” said Margot. “14 chefs all there for the same reason. It was well organised and there was an amazing vibe in the room.

“David Higgs and I have been very good friends for a long time, and it was fabulous working on this function together! We had loads of fun putting the menu together and then finalising all the preparations with 1000km between us.”

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Chefs who Share raised a total of R1 195 000 from ticket sales and an art auction which saw ten art pieces, donated by top South African artists, auctioned off by Cape Town businessman Iain Banner on the night. All proceeds raised by this prestigious event will go to MAD CHARITY (Make a Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Veggie Boxes piled high with fresh ingredients donated by Woolworths destined for soup kitchens to feed underprivileged children, were also sold on the evening at R1000 per box. Chefs who Share hope to make this an ongoing initiative.

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A dish on the 7-course menu entitled: 'Gone Fishing'

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How we say goodbye

Most people love a good food fight. And while us civilians may be stuck with boring things like fruit and vegetables—and if we’re lucky the occasional pie—chefs have an arsenal of wicked things to throw.

Recently our team of chefs bid goodbye to senior chef de partie, Elizabeth Ackermann—with the leftovers of the day. In the mix was oyster vichyssoise from the espuma gun, liquid beetroot and more.

Chef Liz

“Business is business,” said Margot Janse. “But when the day was done the team expressed their farewell feelings…

“Liz is great!” she enthused. “I am very, very proud of how she has grown into an amazing chef over the last three years. She has done a couple of overseas trips with me too. I hope Joburg is ready for her…”

Good luck Liz! We’ll miss you.

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Posted in: Chefs, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse,
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Goodbye old kitchen!

Our chefs have been busy, but not in their usual way of prepping, cooking and recipe reading – no, last Sunday night was our last service until we re-open the hotel on 12 July and The Tasting Room on 23 July: find out more about our beauty sleep here.

Head chef, Margot Janse gamely let the chefs artistic visions fly through permanent marker this time, straight onto the tiled walls, as the entire kitchen is going to be redone, revamped and reinvigorated. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be updating you with the various exciting changes that will be taking place, so as they say, stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some of the cheffy scribbles.

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