01 October 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Cook Franschhoek

Thanks to an ever-growing number of TV food channels and reality cooking shows like Masterchef (no reality there…ask any chef working in a real kitchen sans the camera crew) everyone wants to cook like a pro. Even if it’s just a one-trick party dish to wow friends and family.

Enter the Franschhoek Cook Summer Festival taking place from the 7th to the 9th of October, with something for every gourmet wanna-be from intimate dinners with top wine makers to pay-and-pick classes (you pay to pick the chef’s brains) with some of Franschhoek’s most talented culinarians.

The hard-to-choose programme includes learning how to cook meat with Shiraz, spice, chocolate and berries with gastro-historian chef Chris Erasmus from Pierneef á La Motte restaurant, or how to master the fusion flavours with chef Reuben Riffel’s miso-glazed Franschhoek salmon trout, with a carrot, ginger and apple sauce.

For international and award-winning foodie flair, give the demo at Le Quartier Français a whirl. Acknowledged to be among the world’s best chefs, Margot Janse will show you how to prepare a beetroot sponge, spinach and onion puree, buttermilk labne, dill, and cucumber granita.

Explore local flavours at Solms-Delta wine estate as their chef, Shaun Schoeman leads you on a veld food tour followed by a lunch. If you’ve a sweet tooth, chefs Chris Smith and Paula Johnson will teach you to make tempting treats like a spiced infused milk tart, or a chocolate hazelnut dacquoise with salted caramel ice cream. Chef Ryan Smith of Anthonij Rupert Wines will turn you into an ice-cream and sorbet making guru.

If you’ve always wanted to dine with a wine maker, Pieter and Anne Ferreria of Graham Beck wines invite you to an exclusive lunch opportunity. Haut Espoir @ Café BonBon will feed you with food, wine and fine South African art.

Prices range from R400 p/person for a 4-course lunch to as little as R100 p/person for one-on-one time with some of Franschhoek’s cooks. All cooking demonstrations include a glass of wine (you can bet there’ll be more) and food tasting. Tickets are available through Webtickets .

For further information contact Franschhoek Wine Valley
Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2861
Email: info@franschhoek.org.za

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