Food fest of­fers a taste of Africa

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AWARD-WIN­NING chef, Don­ald Mo­let­sane, is set to host the in­au­gu­ral African Food Fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing cooks from around the con­ti­nent on 27 Novem­ber 2015 at his Thet­sane Of­fice Park-based restau­rant.

Mo­let­sane, who is pop­u­larly known as Chef Don­ald, is the founder of the Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity which re­cently scooped re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal awards in culi­nary art in South Africa and Namibia in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber re­spec­tively.

He told the Week­ender this week that the fes­ti­val would be held un­der the theme “Unity in Di­ver­sity”, with 12 chefs from South Africa, Zim­babwe, Zam­bia, Ghana, DR Congo, Nige­ria and Ethiopia show­cas­ing their cuisines.

“The aim of the African Food Fes­ti­val is to pro­mote the ap­pre­ci­a­tion for African cui­sine in Le­sotho,” he said, adding that Dona@ba­los stu­dents would also pre­pare tra­di­tional Ba­sotho food.

“In Le­sotho, we have many ex­pa­tri­ates from the African con­ti­nent, yet we still don’t have a place where they can be served tra­di­tional food in a pro­fes­sional man­ner.

“I was re­cently in Ghana and Namibia and saw how they use their tra­di­tional cui­sine to pro­mote their tourism sec­tor. As Ba­sotho, we can do it too.”

Chef Don­ald said the fes­ti­val would also co­in­cide with the open­ing of his restau­rant whose main spe­cial­ity would be African cui­sine.

“Our in­ten­tion is to make Le­sotho a on­estop tourism desti­na­tion through food,” he said.

“So, we will be serv­ing tra­di­tional food such as Nyekoe, Khe­mere and Letsina as well as lo­cally-pro­duced wines.”

Mean­while, Chef Don­ald also re­vealed that prepa­ra­tions for his in­sti­tute’s gradua- tion cer­e­mony were un­der­way, which would be fol­lowed by a gala din­ner on 11 De­cem­ber 2015.

“Dur­ing the gala din­ner, which will fol­low the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, will host high pro­file chefs from South Africa who, to­gether with my stu­dents, will pre­pare a six­course din­ner,” he said.

“We will also host Ghana’s di­rec­tor of tourism to pro­mote syn­er­gies be­tween the two coun­tries. Our school will start of­fer­ing a diploma course next year, with the stu­dents un­der­go­ing their in­tern­ship in Ghana.”

Chef Don­ald added that a food com­pe­ti­tion was also in the works which would fea­ture var­i­ous hos­pi­tal­ity and chef schools from around the coun­try.

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AWARD-WIN­NING chef Don­ald Mo­let­sane

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