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In be­tween ra­dio, tele­vi­sion, pub­lic speak­ing and wine­mak­ing, elana afrikabre­denkamp eats out. Here, she tells us about Her favourite ta­ble

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Elana Afrika tells us about her favourite ta­ble

My favourite restau­rant right now is The Din­ing Room in Cape Town. The lo­ca­tion is fun, but more ex­cit­ing is Karen Dud­ley’s re­la­tion­ship with food. Eat­ing some­one else’s food is such an in­ti­mate thing for me – you’re con­sum­ing some­thing made by the hands and heart of a com­plete stranger. I love that.

My go-to dish there is the spinach-and-feta gö­zleme, a tra­di­tional Turk­ish flat­bread made of hand-rolled phyllo pas­try that is folded over, lightly brushed with but­ter and eggs and cooked on a hot grid­dle.

My favourite ta­ble is next to the wall, be­side the stuffed pheas­ant and vintage mu­ral. It’s a good van­tage point of all the hap­pen­ings.

I usu­ally drink red wine, or bub­bly if it’s a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. I love to eat spicy food: chilli, cur­ries and soup. Warm­ing, healthy and fill­ing dishes. Croc­o­dile and pork are a def­i­nite no.

In­gre­di­ents I keep go­ing back to are pa­prika, brandy and salt … usu­ally separately, some­times to­gether.

My child­hood food mem­o­ries re­volve around wed­dings and, un­for­tu­nately, fu­ner­als. Deaths and mar­riages guar­an­teed lots of good food, and fam­ily and friends get­ting to­gether, eat­ing and drink­ing.

Wine­mak­ing is a life­long dream re­alised. In 2014 I made 1 200 bot­tles of wine and my Elana Shi­raz won a Michelan­gelo Gold. I ab­so­lutely loved ev­ery mo­ment of the process.

A typ­i­cal room-ser­vice or­der on my trav­els is hot choco­late or French fries.

I eat break­fast on the run, so it’s of­ten in­stant oats (at least I’m hon­est) and if I have more time, scram­bled eggs with smoked salmon is high up on the wish list.

The great­est food city in the world is Rome – the food is fast, de­li­cious and al­ways fresh.

The food ex­pe­ri­ence that made me feel clos­est to home on my trav­els abroad was eat­ing sweet­corn in Is­tan­bul that is grilled by ven­dors on the road­side. The South African chef I most ad­mire is Peter Goffe-wood. He is an ex­tremely busy man who ex­cels at ev­ery­thing he does. His busi­ness, Kitchen Cow­boys, is hugely

‘EAT­ING SOME­ONE ELSE’S FOOD IS SUCH AN IN­TI­MATE THING FOR ME’

suc­cess­ful and he man­ages that be­tween judg­ing on Masterchef SA, con­sult­ing to restaurants and be­ing ev­er­p­re­sent at food mar­kets around the city. He also cooks a mean steak.

The Din­ing Room 021 461 0463; din­ing-room.co.za

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