Archive for January, 2010

African kitchen magic

January 25th, 2010

One of the top things about travel is finding out “what’s cooking” with old friends, sometimes literally as in South Africa where an old pal from university days has opened a cooking school in the tiny Karoo hamlet of Prince Albert.

One of South Africa’s top 10 young chefs, Vanie Padayachee, is behind the stoves at African Relish, so what’s happening in the kitchen may well turn Prince Albert into a gourmet hot spot. This delightful historic village at the foot of the Swartberg Pass is a few hours drive east of Cape Town. It lies north of the coastal town of George on South Africa’s famous Garden Route and is close to the “ostrich capital” of Oudtshoorn. The Karoo is a semi-desert area occupying a large swathe of central South Africa.

African Relish offers an extensive program of creative seasonal cooking courses, as well as tours and accommodation. Guests chefs often star in specific courses. The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Saturday. Tours include culinary experiences in Cape Town and visits to game reserves. To find out more about this tantalizing program visit African Relish