Chefs and farmers unite for a culinary showcase of indigenous and heritage crops

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience as South African chefs join forces with small farmers from Strydkraal, Limpopo, to showcase the rich flavours of indigenous and heritage crops. The competition requires chefs to work hand-in-hand with the farmers, using Nguni beef and traditional vegetables to craft delicious and innovative dishes.

The participating chefs will have access to a wide array of ingredients sourced directly from the farmers. Alongside prime cuts and offal from Nguni cattle, they will incorporate ingredients such as morogo (including thepe, leroto, morogo wa dinawa, etc.), gourds like lerotse, and beans like ditlou (also known as Bambara nuts and jugo beans). This diverse selection will inspire unique and mouthwatering creations.

The central theme of the competition revolves around reinventing traditional ingredients into modern and exciting dishes. Chefs are encouraged to maintain authenticity and respect for the ingredients while infusing their innovative culinary skills.

These are the chefs who will be taking part:

  1. Themba Chauke – the Presidency in Pretoria
  2. Andile Somdaka – Eziko in Midrand
  3. Wandile Mabaso – Les Creatifs in Bryanston
  4. Absalom Kotsokoane – Happy Spoon PLT
  5. Lindo Mbalati – The Secret Chef catering company
  6. Mzwandile Hector Mnyayiza – Hector’s Kitchen Midrand.
  7. Napo Ramaili Ranko; EatbyNapo Catering and  Just Creative Culinary Consultancy
  8. Nhlanhla Masango – LeAshma Lounge, Atteridgeville
  9. Sizwe Cebekhulu – The Culinarian Consultants, Sandton
  10. Tshepiso Ramatlhodi – Apogee boutique hotel, Pretoria

Renowned sommelier and former Eat Out judge Moses Magwaza will host indigenous food and wine pairing masterclass sessions during the event. For a fee of R250 per person, attendees can partake in the experience. Moses will showcase the harmonious fusion of indigenous cuisine and Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes wines, featuring an impressive collection comprising distinct varieties.

Food enthusiasts have the opportunity to indulge in a seven-course meal priced at R895 per person. Each dish will be expertly paired with fine wine. For those seeking a more casual experience, food stalls will offer similar dishes made with traditional ingredients at more accessible prices.

With a limited number of tickets available, this gastronomic affair is not to be missed.

Date, Time, and Venue:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, 27 May 2023, from 12pm until 5pm. The event will take place at the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge, located at 570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria.

Secure your spot by booking online and follow @harvestingheritage on Instagram.

Leave a comment

Promoted Restaurants