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From No­ord­hoek To NOR­MANDY, NADEGE LE­POIT­TEVIN-DASSE TRAV­ELS The CON­TI­NENTS IN search of NEW Flavours AND CULI­NARY Ad­ven­tures

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Sit down for a meal with Nadege Le­poit­tevin­dasse and the bub­bly French cook will serve you the world on a plate. A clas­sic French flavour here, a lo­cal culi­nary twist there.

All déli­cieux – and all in­spired by food tasted on her many gourmet jaunts.

A pas­sion­ate ‘eat-splorer’, Nadege has turned her love for travel and food into a share­able ex­pe­ri­ence, of­fer­ing cus­tom cook­ing classes from her beau­ti­ful home in No­ord­hoek, Cape Town, as well as lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional culi­nary tours. ‘I love trav­el­ling and dis­cov­er­ing new cul­tures. Gas­tron­omy plays a huge roll in this as it re­veals so much about the way peo­ple live,’ says Nadege.

‘The French-fo­cused cook­ing classes came first,’ she ex­plains. ‘Dur­ing these I tried to trans­port my clients to France with lo­cal sto­ries and in­gre­di­ents. Then one day I thought, in­stead of just telling the sto­ries, why not cre­ate them with my clients.’ With this in mind, Nadege started plan­ning the first tour to her na­tive town of Nor­mandy. ‘The idea is to share meals with lo­cals, meet chefs, farm­ers and other ar­ti­sans, dine at the best bistros and Miche­lin-starred restau­rants and see the sights, of course,’ she en­thuses.

The tour proved so pop­u­lar that she soon added more des­ti­na­tions and now of­fers de­li­cious tours to Bur­gundy, Cham­pagne and the Bour­deaux re­gion, too, as well as more ex­otic lo­cales such as Thai­land and Alaska. There is even a Western Cape tour – with some sur­pris­ing, and ex­cit­ing, lo­cal dis­cov­er­ies.

Vary­ing be­tween seven and nine days in length, and with the op­tion to go with or with­out a guide, the tours are flex­i­ble enough to suit any trav­eller’s ap­petite, and, as Nadege points out, ‘you don’t need to love cook­ing to take part in a tour, you just need to en­joy life.’

Nadege Cui­sine nadege­cui­sine.com; nadege­cuisine­tours.com

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