Tebbutt’s show to explore culinary gems
“It has a spectacular backdrop and slightly bohemian outlook and great local produce and craft beer. The journey through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was always interesting, unexpected and occasionally poignant and I loved the frequent roadside pit stops at the farm shops and great biltong.
“I also love Durban for its laid back attitude and fabulous bunny chow,” he said.
One of the fascinating stories told on the show was from Xoliswa Ndoyiya, the late Nelson Mandela’s personal chef.
“It was about how Nelson Mandela missed home cooking so much on a three-day trip to London that his personal chef had to prepare his favourite meal and fly it to the UK, but it had to be smuggled through customs as the president’s “medicine”.
Other foodies on the show will be Mpho Tshukudu, co-author of the best-selling cook book Eat Ting and Burundian chef Coco Reinharz, co-author, with Anna Trapido of To the Banqueting House: African Cuisine an Epic Journey and many more.
Tebbutt’s advice to aspiring chefs: “Keep fuelling your passion by looking, learning, travelling, talking and tasting. There’s so much more to food than fancy, expensive restaurants and celebrity chefs.
Ninety percent of great food is simply good shopping and less on a plate is always more,” he said.