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BBoerewors, biltong, chakalaka and vetkoek will bring the flavours of South Africa to life in London when South African Celebrity Chef Claire Allen comes to town on a mission to Share a Taste of Home at her pop-up restaurant at Fulham’s The Little Blue Door this August.
Allen is hoping to tempt both South African expats and adventurous Londoners with the flavours of South Africa: spicy, salty, sweet and above all, comforting. She’ll be rendering faithful examples of dishes like Bunny Chow and Oxtail & Mash with a playful twist – including incorporating ingredients from the UK - and sharing some of her own family recipes.
CClaire is a multi-talented food entertainer, entrepreneur and blogger who has combined a successful career in Marketing with a love for food – a passion which was really ignited after she entered MasterChef South Africa in 2014. She launched her popular blog, Food Is Love and started down a new path as a food entertainer.
She appears on the SABC3’s popular breakfast show, ‘eXpresso’, for morning cooking segments and continues to explore all corners of the globe in her quest to expand her culinary horizons.
“We travel the world in search of new flavours and experiences, but it’s the Taste of Home which remains the most comforting for us, no matter where we are,” says Claire. “With Share a Taste of Home, I want to share the flavours that I grew up with – which will be a welcoming experience for South Africans living far from home and a taste for other Londoners to try something different in a city with an increasingly-diverse foodie culture that embraces bold flavours and innovative techniques”.
VVisitors to her 8-day pop-up restaurant will get an immersive South African experience – from the table settings and ambience, through the multicultural influences in the tastes and textures of the food and the chance to hear Claire’s own tales of the story behind some of the most underrated culinary experiences in the world. Travelling with state-of-the-art cooking support from Bosch to ensure consistency and quality in every dish, Claire has also partnered with Distell to help perfectly pair a truly South African drink (including Savanna cider, wines from Nederburg and Amarula) with each dish, to help tell its story.
A percentage of the value of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Immanuel’s Eagles Educare Centre in Khayelitsha, South Africa, to further the important work they do in providing a reliable, safe place for children to learn.
Share a Taste of Home runs from 14-25 August at The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, Fulham. To find out more about the menu and to book tickets, visit : https://www.feedup.co.uk/en/listings/602890-share-a-taste-of-home-7-course-sa-paired-dinner
Follow Claire’s adventures on social media: facebook.com/claireallensa and @claireallen_sa on Twitter & Instagram.