Teb­butt’s show to ex­plore culi­nary gems

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“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.

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