30 November 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Wining and dining with Benny and James

Tsogo Sun chefs Benny Masekwameng and James Khoza created magic at a chef’s table held at the Sandton Convention Centre to celebrate all things good in 2012.

Table setting at the Sandton Convention Centre

The silly season is upon us, whether we like it or not. And in South Africa that means any excuse to celebrate with friends, family and colleagues.

So, with the sun beating down on a gorgeous Jo'burg day on 28 November, Tsogo Sun's superstar chefs, Benny Masekwameng and James Khoza, put together a delicious seven-course menu at the Sandton Convention Centre (one of the country's top convention establishments).

Tsogo Sun executive chef Benny Masekwameng

Canapés and a welcome cocktail were a fitting way to start the day, followed by amuse bouche – Asian chicken-style salad infused with rice vinegar, soy sauce and coriander, with a green string bean salad.

The starter, consisting of salmon gravadlax, cucumber done three ways, apple jelly and baked petit poussin eggs, was a sign of the deliciousness to come. The second course – lobster soufflé, lobster and fava bean salad and lobster spuma – was a work of art on the plate (and in the mouth). The Szechuan pineapple sorbet was it's own tangy treat, preparing guests for the main event: grilled veal cutlet, pea crème, crème corn, baby savoy cabbage done two ways, and tomato concasse with basil sauce.

The delicious meal was, of course, complemented by the finest South African and imported wines.

Dessert was the final tribute to the team's talents, and consisted of deconstructed lemon meringue, lemon sorbet, and caramelised butternut and pomegranate salad.

The delicious meal was, of course, complemented by the finest South African and imported wines.

One thing is for certain when the Tsogo Sun chefs decide on a big spoil – nothing is held back!

Khoza did an excellent job of managing a highly skilled team of chefs and Masekwameng (also one of the MasterChef South Africa judges) was on top form, his bigness of spirit and huge laugh filling the convention centre (or so it seemed).

Lemon meringue, reinvented

Category: Food & Wine


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