ON THE GRILL

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Cath Kerry Emer­i­tus restau­ra­teur Art Gallery Restau­rant This ever colourful, won­der­fully vo­cal chef has stepped away from the restau­rant busi­ness but continues as head judge (“I don’t judge, I train the judges”) for the an­nual Restau­rant & Cater­ing SA Awards. She is about to am­plify her so­cial com­men­ta­tor role in a blog, while also pur­su­ing hob­bies in­clud­ing cheese mak­ing. My favourite SA restau­rant is... Bistro Dom. The best meal I've ever eaten was... lunch with friends in Oslo — tiny prawns from Ice­land that morn­ing, three dif­fer­ent types of pick­led her­ring, cured wild sal­mon, lots of sour cream, washed down with warm rem­i­nis­cences and ice-cold aqua­vit. The worst meal ever was... an oys­ter sit­ting on palm su­gar topped with olive oil and pesto. The most em­bar­rass­ing item in my pantry is... a six-year-old jar of in­stant cof­fee (bought for ic­ing). The in­gre­di­ent I can’t live with­out is... but­ter. The kitchen tool I can’t live with­out is... a large, ironed, linen tea-towel. My bucket-list food ex­pe­ri­ence is... that it was uni­ver­sally recog­nised that shar­ing a meal with oth­ers is the most civil­is­ing and peace­mak­ing act. My guilty plea­sure is... eat­ing din­ner in front of the telly. My favourite cook­book is...

by Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi and Sami Tamimi. For my last sup­per I would have... an en­tree of oys­ters Rock­e­feller, then for main calf liver and morels fin­ished with cream and Madeira, and for dessert Rick Law’s soft meringue with pas­sion­fruit, and to drink, Faive­ley Puligny Mon­tra­chet & Chateau d’Yquem, so cold that splin­ters of ice clink against the glass as you pour. Fin­ish this sen­tence. Food is... love but also the last, safe af­ford­able plea­sure.

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