We recently attended a gathering of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga. Hosted by Philip Mostert, the Bailli Délégué (national president), it was an enlightening evening where members celebrated, not only their final gathering of last year.
So lovely having “The Secret Diner”, thank you for your kind words. Your words about my students and “we’re in for some great chefs in the future.” These mean more to me then any award. So so appreciated.
Thank you so very much for yesterday. Our Year End Function could not have been more PERFECT!! The food was BEAUTIFUL and DELICIOUS, the service was AMAZING and your suggestion to have drink in the garden is just what we needed.
Anna Trapido, what an honour and a pleasure to welcome you to my school, thank you for your continuous support and encouragement. This truly does mean the world to me. You were hugely instrumental in getting my name out there all those years ago and I feel so proud that you have been to experience Chef Kate’s BR.UNCH restaurant, here at my school.
“We drove to Hilton which is where you find the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine. We spent the night in a lovely little room behind Jackie Cameron’s school – it was like a magic room in the Hobbit – up a windy staircase with ivy so you felt like you were going into a secret kingdom.”
Nkululeko Bryan Mlotshwa, the 2017 bursary winner, is an inspiration and I cannot wait to see how well he does in the industry. I thank TASTE for bringing him into my life and my school. He has made so many delicious things – from artisanal bread to cake icing, and gives his all to everything he does.
Born and raised in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, Nkululeko Mlotshwa recognised his interest in food while employed as a general worker in the hospitality industry. That was in 2011. He gained experience in several KwaZulu-Natal restaurants, and in 2016 he relocated to Pretoria with the aim of building on the knowledge he had already gleaned.
It feels only a short while ago that I announced the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine students’ pop-up B.RUNCH concept. If you have missed this experience, pop in over the weekend because it will be our last for the year. This month I’m introducing Michelle Engelbrecht – an unabashed chocoholic.
The Wonderbag Founder has teamed up with two other influential and leading ladies in their own respective fields – Jackie Cameron and Carolyn ‘Coo’ Hancock as part of the Coalition of Action to implement this life-changing programme. Feeding The Future aims to bring about real change for impoverished communities living in vulnerable and under serviced communities and combines catalysts for a better livelihood with the relevant support.
Hard work sets 15-year-old dream in motion. Jackie Cameron realised her dream to tutor aspiring chefs when her school of food and wine - based in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal - welcomed its first intake in April 2015.
Here you may meet Zandy Armstrong, one of this year’s aspiring chefs. Zandy grew up in North West Province.
“As a child - ‘reared’ on a farm - I have fond memories of my mom’s friend Liana whose home-cooked venison pie left a lasting impression,” Zandy recalls. “Today, this recipe still evokes happy times with our extended family sitting around the fireplace, on chilly winter days. The dish is special to me because it was a catalyst for bringing people together.”
Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine will host the Spanish Festival of Food that – apart from a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment - provides a worthwhile opportunity for local cooks to enter the Perfect Paella Prize.