eat & drink

FROM ZIM TO THE SEA

“I started my journey in a winery in Zimbabwe, of all places!” chuckles Gregory, down the line from Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, where he’s Head Sommelier. “Zimbabwe has only two wineries, so it was highly unlikely that I’d end up in the wine industry.”

Nonetheless, he found himself working as a Cellar Assistant at Mukuyu Winery, the oldest winery in Zimbabwe, situated in Marondera, east of Harare.

His work in the cellar soon sparked a fascination with wine. “I had to ask questions to learn more about winemaking, which led to me wanting to know more” he says….
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FROM ZIM TO THE SEA

Where to dine in Dubai

With its diverse mix of nationalities and cultures, its growing collection of restaurants run by star chefs and its increasingly influential annual Food Festival, Dubai has rapidly become a top destination for enjoying delicious cuisines from all over the world. Innovative and award-winning culinary establishments are opening all the time, adding to the city’s gastronomic profile. Read on for our pick of the most exciting venues to look out for in 2018.

Elegant dining

Morimoto Dubai

An award-winning concept by Masaharu Morimoto, who shot to fame through the Japanese edition of Iron Chef and is renowned for…
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Where to dine in Dubai

From Mthatha to Texas: Young SA chef cooking up a storm

Mthatha-born Wandile Mabija is proof that South African trained chefs are going places and making an impact in other parts of the world. The 24-year-old graduated from the Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Port Elizabeth campus in June last year and now finds himself – just over six months later as a chef at The Fairmont Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas. The 37-storey Fairmont is the largest and second tallest hotel in the state, with over 1 000 richly appointed guest rooms and suites.

“After I graduated with a Diploma in Cooking and Food Preparation from Capsicum, I applied at a travelling…
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From Mthatha to Texas: Young SA chef cooking up a storm

Chef Sullaphen serves up a culinary odyssey at the Radisson Blu Anchorage

Think of Nigerian cuisine and what may come to mind is jollof rice, peppersoup and fried plantain, among many other delectable local dishes. Hailing all the way from Durban, however, well-revered chef Jade Sullaphen, who is at the helm of the kitchen at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel in Lagos redefines these celebrated national favourites to inspire a culinary odyssey with world flavours for hotel patrons.

With a passion for cooking that began at a very young age and subsequently grew into an extensive tenure working with top-tier hotels from Southern Africa and the world, Sullaphen is able to celebrate local dishes with his…
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Chef Sullaphen serves up a culinary odyssey at the Radisson Blu Anchorage

SHAKE IT UP AT THE TWANKEY BAR AT THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL

The Twankey Bar at the Taj Cape Town Hotel is fast making a name for itself as one of the city’s leading cocktail bars. And the credit goes to head bartender AJ Snetler, who spent 2017 scooping up a host of awards in South Africa and abroad.

When the self-taught mixologist from Port Elizabeth moved to Cape Town in 2015, he was soon making waves behind the city’s bar counters. From popular nightspot Drop Kick Murphy’s Snetler moved on to acclaimed cocktail emporium The Orphanage, before being spirited away to head up The Twankey Bar earlier this year.

“I’ve…
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SHAKE IT UP AT THE TWANKEY BAR AT THE TAJ CAPE TOWN HOTEL

SA’s Eat Out Best Everyday Eateries announced

Where do South Africans go for their favourite burgers, coffee and steaks? The people’s favourite eateries in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga were revealed at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries celebrations in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 17 and 24 October.

These accolades were presented after a year-long period of voting and a gruelling adjudicating process. The top names in each category were determined by star ratings given by the public on eatout.co.za, in conjunction with scoring from professional Eat Out critics.

This is the third year running that Eat Out, together with Mercedes-Benz, has…
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SA’s Eat Out Best Everyday Eateries announced