She’s worked with world-renowned chefs at some of the country’s best restaurants, including Rust en Vrede and Five Hundred at The Saxon, and she wowed guests at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards with a dessert of ginger beer gel with yoghurt crumble, meringue sticks, compressed apple, yoghurt-and-apple mousse and verbena custard. Now Minette Smith has found a new culinary home with Chantel Dartnall at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient.
“My passion in life is culinary arts, and I have a specific love for pastry and confectionery,” says Minette. From a young age, this pastry chef knew her chosen career would need to allow her to be creative, invent and truly inspire.
“I feel privileged to be a pastry chef, because the proof is always in the pudding,” she jokes. Minette is definitely on the same page as the team here at Eat Out, as her trademark is eating cake for breakfast. We asked Minette to share her other food favourites.
I’m a big fan of a pizza with a thin base, and Andiccio 24 does it perfectly
There’s a quaint little tapas restaurant in Melrose Arch. The food is always consistent and very tasty – they definitely have the best baklava in town.
I love the scenic drive from Gordon’s Bay to Hermanus along the coast.
Eggs benedict is my favourite, and you can’t go wrong at The Whippet in Linden.
My perfect place to relax is salvationcafe at 44 on Stanley.
In my mother’s kitchen at home. You can order anything you want and it’ll be made for you for a smile.
Rust en Vrede Restaurant in Stellenbosch will always be a favourite.
I’ve got a very soft spot for gelato. I had the best gelato of my life in the small coastal town of Rimini in the South of Italy.
The Neighbourgoods Market. I love, love, love everything about it.
My first recipe book, White Heat by Marco Pierre White, and my pastry book, Frozen Desserts by Francisco J Migoya of the Culinary Institute of America.
My dad’s braaivleis.