October 27, 2014 in Food News
I got to have a mouth-watering lunch at the Twelve Apostles last week (I’ll share details later) and had a chat with the executive chef, Christo Pretorius. He mentioned his experience at the Mercedes-Benz AMG Performance Tour. They got to cook, interact with the people and most of all, they got to drive the cars. How fabulous is that?
The AMG Performance Tour started on the 1st of October in Century City before making its way around key dealerships in South Africa’s biggest cities with the third stop taking place on the 17th of October at South Africa’s top Mercedes-Benz dealership, NMI-DSM in Umhlanga.
These fine dining events showcased three of South Africa’s top chefs and gave them the opportunity to create exquisite gourmet meals that are both visually beautiful and of the finest quality, just as Mercedes-Benz owners are accustomed to! Chefs Christo Pretorius, Pieter de Jager and Bertus Basson demonstrated to specially invited guests’ what revs their engine with a skillful culinary display that was an impressive entrée to the main event.
More about the Chefs:
Christo Pretorius – The award-winning chef hails from Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal but is currently the sous chef at Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. After completing his training at 1000 Hills Chef’s School in Durban he spent some time abroad honing his skills before working his way down the coastline and finally settling in Cape Town where he tantalises the taste buds of locals and visitors to the Mother City.
Pieter de Jager – Hails from Pretoria where he grew up cooking in his father’s restaurant. He completed his studies at the South African Chefs Academy before going on to spend some time cooking up a storm in some fine European kitchens. Currently patrons of Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in the Franschoek area can benefit from de Jager’s skills as he spends time doing demonstrations and presenting cooking classes at the vineyard.
Bertus Basson – popularly known as a judge on The Ultimate Braai Master, Basson is also famed for establishing the immensely successful restaurant Overture at Hidden Valley in the Western Cape. This popular restaurant has been voted as one of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants by Eat Out for the past six years in a row and it comes as no surprise thanks to Bertus’ commitment to using traditional South African cuisine as a base for producing more progressive dishes. Continue reading…….