June 5, 2016

Over the last few years I've become a bit of an expert on dietary requirements. From people asking for dairy free chocolate cakes to people on fad diets avoiding certain food groups. Being a professional I try not comment too much on the weird and strange requests but...

June 1, 2016

I've been a qualified professional chef for a good few years now. Having had the awesome opportunity to work in hotels, lodges, catering companies, private homes, restaurants and damn near anywhere a chef may be asked to perform their trade. No, I won't say I'm a job h...

June 1, 2016

I used to hate hot food. I couldn’t stomach the idea of having any heat in anything I ate…until I lived with brother and his lazy butt would buy hot wings instead of cook dinner. I had to adapt or die! Ok, I’m being slightly dramatic but that’s honestly how I started c...

June 1, 2016

I love to braai seafood. There’s something about that smokiness and charred taste that only a proper fire can add to seafood. A lot of people are scared to braai (the term we use for BBQ in Southern Africa) seafood as they fear the fish breaking apart or being too dry....

May 31, 2016

A sorbet isn’t “just frozen fruit juice”. To get that distinct smooth texture that a good sorbet has actually takes a little bit of work (not as much as making a custard or a souffle though, so don’t worry).

 

A sorbet requires a “base”. Usually made of a syrup, this bas...

May 31, 2016

Before I started my career I knew nothing about wine…actually, to be honest, I knew nothing about alcohol in general. If it had alcohol volume and it was sweet, I would drink it. Then I did a wine course and studied food the French way. Everything in French cooking see...

May 31, 2016

Earlier today I started a topic on twitter bout things people just won't give up when they eat. Remembering one of my uncle's distress and shock at finding out we didn't eat nor keep any tomato sauce in our house got me thinking about the strange habits human beings ge...

May 17, 2016

They say our national staple in South Africa is maize meal. In the young urban areas I’d beg to differ and say its more likely fried chicken…and on weekends the fried chicken variety becomes hot wings with chilli sauce.

I’m all about taking business away from the fast f...

May 17, 2016

The world has hundreds of types of bread. I once bought a book whose theme was bread recipes from around the world…it had over 500 bread recipes! That’s how popular bread is and a testimony to just how fundamental bread is to us and our various cultures. Sorry Banting...

May 17, 2016

Sitting here in my room. My door is locked shut and I’m looking at my business diary with my palm firmly against my forehead. When I registered LesDaChef as an official company in January this year I honestly had no idea what would become of this crazy plan. Officially...