Chefs' Table Talk
We have asked some of our destinations' chefs to give us more insight into their food philosophies and personal tastes. You can read more on each of the Establishments under the Dining tab.
The chefs taking part in this Table Talk are :
Jakob Christoffel (JC)
Table Talk Questions and Answers
How would you describe your food philosophy in three words?
Christine - Fresh, healthy, flavour.
Karen - Seasonal, simple and sustainable
JC - Of The Earth (translated: to enjoy the food of a region and use what is fresh and in the moment)
What is your favorite South African food?
Christine - So many! Bobotie, Koeksisters, potjie, pap….
Karen - Biltong!
JC - Lamb chops & Braai - Broodtjie
Name 3 ingredients or foods you couldn’t live without.
Christine - Lemons, butter and thyme.
Karen - Fresh herbs, a warm loaf and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t eat garlic!
JC - Thyme, lemon and garlic
When you are alone, what do you like to make for yourself to eat?
Christine - Toast! I love toast!
Karen - A crusty slice of bread, a sliver of Lardo and black pepper with coarse salt.
JC - Peanut butter & strawberry jam sandwich
Name 3 people (alive or deceased) that you would love to dine with you.
Christine - Heston Blumenthal, Richard Dawkins and Stephen Fry.
Karen - M.F.K Fisher (best food writer ever!), Madeleine van Biljon , My Ouma
JC - Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Jesica Alba and Richard Branson
What is your Proust’s Madeleine Moment (when a flavor, smell, or any sense reminds you of a moment from your past)?
Christine - My mother’s chocolate cake. A recipe that she got from a lady in the farmer community where she grew up. When taste the raw dough, it takes me back to sitting on the kitchen counter while my mother made the cake for a birthday or school function.
Karen - Every time I smell oxtail stew, I think it’s my birthday.
JC - Homemade Rusk, when we make Rusk in kitchen it reminds me of my gran baking Rusk at the beach house.
What is the most important quality that makes a good chef?
Christine - Determination and precision.
Karen - Passion
JC - Patients, Patients and willing to learn
What is your greatest fear?
Christine - I would hate it to poison someone with my cooking.
Karen - Getting nipped by a snake while picking pumpkins
JC - To poison someone with my cooking
What do you most value in your friends?
Christine - Loyalty and kindness.
Karen - Loyalty
JC - Honesty
What is your greatest extravagance?
Christine - My cookbooks! I have an addiction and can’t stop buying them.
Karen - Books and good coffee
JC - Watching and playing rugby
What is your most treasured possession?
Christine - My photo albums for it tell the story of my life. And my wedding ring. It was made from my husband’s mother’s rings. Irreplaceable.
Karen - My books
JC - My Wife
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Christine - Becoming a chef and where I am today. Many, many hours spent in a kitchen, but I love it!
Karen - Watching my bakery team become better bakers every day feels pretty good
JC - Working next to Jamie Oliver
What profession other than a chef would you like to attempt?
Christine - I would like to be a photographer. Maybe one day….
Karen - I would love to be a farmer
JC - Playing Rugby
What is your life motto?
Christine - Try the best you can, every day.
Karen - Never stop learning
JC - Be nice to the people on your way to the top because you’ll expect them to be nice to you on the way down and never regret something that one’s made you smile