The Masterchef SA judge and food alchemist, 49, on his favourite restaurants and coffee spot, and what’s next…
I was born in London but raised in Johannesburg. I moved to Cape Town in 1983 to go to UCT.
The thing I love most about living in Cape Town is its ever-changing beauty.
When out-of-towners come to town, I take them up Table Mountain – weather-permitting – so they can get some context. Then out to Stellenbosch to George Jardine’s restaurant on the Jordan estate – some of the best food in the Cape on an estate that not only produces magnificent wines, but also offers an unparalleled view of the winelands.
The best restaurant meal I’ve eaten recently was Asian-inspired tapas at Cheyne’s in Hout Bay – beautifully crafted food that tastes as good as it looks.
My other favourite restaurants include Jordan Restaurant & Bakery in Stellenbosch. The menu changes continually so I seldom eat the same thing twice. La Mouette in Sea Point for exceptional food and service.
An annual Cape Town event you’ll always find me at is the Argus Cycle race – either as a participant or as a bystander. The vibe when you are riding along with 35 000 other people is unbelievable, and the party atmosphere along the entire route is unmissable. I also love the National Cheese Festival – a fabulous day out for the whole family, with lots of good food and wine.
My favourite weekend getaway is Cape Infanta on the mouth of the Breede River. It’s a small untouched fishing village miles from anywhere. It’s a great place to get away from it all and really relax.
On my bucket list to still do is Afrika Burns and shark-cage diving.
The best coffee in my area is from Dario’s Café in Hout Bay.
The best walk in my area is along the contour paths above Chapman’s Peak
I am a huge supporter of the Banting diet – I think the science makes sense, and it certainly works for me.
A good red wine for a special occasion is Newton Johnson Family Vineyards’ Pinot Noir – you can’t go wrong with it.
A good chef should have patience, passion and perseverance.
I’m currently working on a two-man comedy show revolving around food with comedian Chris Forrest for this year’s Grahamstown Festival of Arts.
On Sundays I try and round up some friends and see who’s available for a spot of lunch.
Money comes if you put in the hours.
Straight after this, I’m gonna head into the office and see what the week has in store.
When I wake up in the middle of the night I read for a while and then fall back to sleep.
One day I’ll be answering interviews via satellite phone while on a yacht in some exotic location, researching my latest book.
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