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Epic weekend masterclasses with expert visiting chefs

The mini break of your dreams and a chance to cook contemporary dishes and explore new flavours alongside South Africa’s best chefs and food experts? We ain’t kidding. And it gets better. In between sharpening your kitchen skills and tucking into epic meals, you’ll get the chance to explore the quaint Karoo village, meeting the local foodies and discovering the ingredients that make it such a legendary place.

Highlights

  • Get to know and learn from one of South African foremost food experts
  • Spend an immersive foodie weekend indulging in your passion and learning new skills
  • Hands-on cooking and learning
  • Tips on how to make the best of seasonal produce
  • Common mistakes and how to fix it
  • Easy to follow fail-safe recipes including fail-safe recipes
  • Enjoy a full weekend in the beating heart of the Karoo’s larder making new friends

Overview

Prince Albert really is the little village that could: drop-dead gorgeous scenery, serenity aplenty, and a foodie community that knows how to make the most of the fantastic produce around them. African Relish Cooking school is at the core of this culinary ’hood. Opened by Lisa and Philip Key over 10 years ago, the school has become a famous retreat for folks wanting to get a break away from it all and get down to the fun and therapeutic business of cooking and eating.

Under the guidance of new resident chef, Camilla Comins, the school offers a host of courses, but some of the undisputed favourites are the various visiting chef masterclasses that takes place during the course of the year. African Relish invites experts in their respective fields to conduct a masterclass – perfect for those who want enough time to really immerse themselves and master a new skill, be it meat-curing, baking or cooking.

The class runs over an entire weekend leaving enough time to also explore, or should we say eatsplore, Prince Albert at your own pace. And, as the Karoo’s larder, Prince Albert has a lot of amazing local produce to discover – think Karoo lamb, venison, fresh figs, raw-milk cheese and cold-pressed olive oil – enough for the most epic feast.

Visiting Chefs

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26-28 October '18 | Foraging & cooking with chef Chris Erasmus | R3 500 p.p.

A creative weekend of cooking and foraging with legendary Karoo born Chef Chris Erasmus, owner of restaurant Foliage in Franschhoek. Join him in celebrating organic food from farm and veld to plate. Meet local Prince Albert food heroes and spend time in the kitchen cooking with foraged ingredients. Chef Chris will have you foraging in veld and town gardens, reworking classic recipes, making ciabatta from acorns (say what?!) and pickling and preserving. You will even do a bit of cheese curd making.

Chris was taught to cook by his Mom and the most important lesson he learned from her was how to make a little go a long way. At first he studied chemistry and dentistry and only later pursued his dream to become a chef at the Elsa van der Nest Academy. After his internship at Five Flies in Cape Town he went abroad and met his food mentor Shane Osborn in the UK. Here he was taught urgency, precision and skill and was allowed to explore his interest in chemistry and analysis of all cooking techniques. He returned home and put his valuable knowledge and experience to work as Executive chef at well-known restaurants, giving new life to old recipes. Pierneef received Eat Out top ten award in 2013 and wine destination two years in a row.

Chris’s global experience have taught him discipline, respect and passion for many different styles of cuisine. What excites him the most is being part of a new food awakening in Africa. He is determined to promote the local food community to diners and industry alike and is confident that our true haute cuisine have only just begun.

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23–25 November ’18 | French cooking class, Marlene van der Westhuizen | R3 950 p.p.

Through the years, Marlene van der Westhuizen has become synonymous with her comprehensive knowledge of French country fare. A qualified chef, Marlene has worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Alsace, specialised in food and wine pairings lunches at several illustrious winelands restaurants and has written a whopping seven cookbooks.

She now divides her time between conducting private cooking demonstrations at her Green Point home, creating new cookbooks (spoiler alert, a new one due soon!), starring in TV food shows such as her popular ‘Van Skaapstert tot Camembert’ on the VIA and leading cooking tours from her beautiful cottage in Charroux in France. Marlene is all about the joy of wholesome memorable food, sourcing it, cooking it and sharing it with friends and fellow food travellers. In this upcoming weekend masterclass she will be sharing the understated glamour of French country cooking, eating and living and teach how to cook and present glorious meals.

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7-9 December | Hope Malau, tales of a township childhood through food | R3950 p.p.

Hope Malau, chef, food writer and stylist will share his way of cooking traditional South African foods with a contemporary twist. Most interestingly, he will also be sharing his stories of his past and the way of life that use to be, exposing the good and the bad; but moreover the resilience of his culture and its contribution to the way he cooks. Look forward to proudly South African recipes, township food with a modern twist and culture food all cooked with local Prince Albert produce.

Hope was born in Jouberton, a township near Klerksdorp in the North West province. He now lives in Cape Town after completing his culinary studies at The Professional Cooking Academy, Rustenburg. He worked in restaurants, juggling jobs to make rent and got a job at Media24 as an assistant recipe developer for Drum magazine. After many years he became Editor, the first black male editor ever. During his time he won the prestigious Galliova award for the best food writer of the year twice in a row.

Hope’s cook book Johanne 14 was published in 2017 showcasing his Proudly South African simple traditional black recipes with a modern touch to it, enhancing the beautiful flavours of Mzansi.

Details

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  • Important Information
  • Itinerary
  • Masterclass workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • All meals listed on the itinerary
  • All excursions listed on itinerary
  • Recipes and notes
  • Special African Relish apron
  • Accommodation, we have beautiful Karoo cottages available to book, please let us know if we can arrange a booking for you!
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers
  • All Drinks
  • A minimum of 10 bookings is required for this experience to take place and a maximum of 12 bookings will be taken. If less than 10 bookings is received the experience will be cancelled and you will be refunded.
  • Arrive on Friday at 12:00 to allow time for check-in as lunch is served at 13:00
  • Partners and other non-participating attendees pay an extra fee (from R1750) for meals and listed excursions. Depending on the specific masterclass this price might vary – follow the book now button for the exact price for your chosen masterclass.

FRIDAY:

12h00: Arrive at African Relish and settle into your accommodation.

13h00: Light lunch prepared by visiting chef and resident chef Camilla Comins. Meet the team and discuss schedule.

14h00: Masterclass Session 1.

18h00: Ghost walk and village ramble – Ailsa Tudhope, historian and story teller, takes you on a journey back in time with tales of ghosts and village rogues from the past.

20h00: Welcome dinner at African Relish

SATURDAY

08h30: Visit to Saturday market for some local flavour.

09h00: Breakfast at African Relish

10h00: Masterclass Session 2.

13h00: Light lunch at African Relish

14h30: Masterclass Session 3.

17h00: At leisure.

20h00: Dinner at African Relish where we enjoy the fruits of the day’s culinary endeavours.

SUNDAY

07h30: Gather at African Relish for coffee and rusks. Botanical excursion with Dr Sue Milton, renowned botanist and specialist in Karoo biome biology. (Nina Tim workshop only)

09h00: Masterclass 4. Breakfast, hands-on workshop session with visiting chef.

11h30: Final questions / discussion session

12h00: Departure

What eatsplorers are saying

We celebrate all things food. The mission of African Relish cooking school is to reflect the culture of our community in it’s culinary heritage. To that we add the local food manufacturers and producers; a myriad of flavours and traditions from our heritage; a desire to experiment and share, to keep it simple and have fun.

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Epic weekend masterclasses with expert visiting chefs

Epic weekend masterclasses with expert visiting chefs
Prince Albert, south africa