Sunday Times

MY FAN­TASY SUN­DAY LUNCH

He would have writer Ernest Hem­ing­way, mu­si­cian Neil Young and a few of his favourite peo­ple over

- LA TÊTE RESTAU­RANT IN CAPE TOWN

My guests would in­clude: Fer­gus Hen­der­son — Fer­gus is not only my men­tor but a fan­tas­tic din­ing com­pan­ion. His ap­petite and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of food and wine is amaz­ing and his sto­ries are some of the best. Ernest Hem­ing­way — Dur­ing my time in Lon­don I trav­elled ex­ten­sively on the con­ti­nent. Ev­ery­where I went I would make it a point to seek out a Hem­ing­way jaunt. Be it in Paris, Spain, Venice or even in the Caribbean. Mar­cel Proust — Be­ing French I would hope Mar­cel would be able to en­lighten me on the cul­ture I am so en­vi­ous of, and maybe en­joy a madeleine mo­ment. My late father An­drew Ed­wards, who never knew that I re­alised my dream job at St John, one of his favourite restau­rants in Lon­don, never mind the for­ma­tion of my restau­rant, La Tête in Cape Town. Neil Young — Just on the off chance there might be a har­mon­ica mo­ment at the end of the meal.

We’d talk about many things. Hem­ing­way would ar­rive early and I would ques­tion him about his trav­els and boast about where I had trav­elled in his foot­steps over a good Ne­groni. Proust would share his sub­tle philo­sophic take on the world and hope­fully make ref­er­ence to the madeleines.

Fer­gus, oh boy. I know he’d ar­rive in his tailored butcher’s striped three-piece suit and be thirsty. Neil Young, the odd one out, but imag­ine he’d pull out his har­mon­ica and set­tle his nerves with a few lyrics and maybe a bour­bon. My father would feel at home and I would like to think we would dis­cuss the past eight years of my life.

My wife Kathryn would cer­tainly be there as well as our two boys. My mother and I know James (my brother) wouldn’t miss out on this lunch.

I’m not sure about Neil but ev­ery­one else ap­pre­ci­ates fine things so I would keep the menu sim­ple. Starters would be vitello ton­nato with crusty bread served with a beau­ti­ful semil­lon wine fol­lowed by slow-braised beef shin gnoc­chi, which I cook most Sun­days for my wife and any­one around. Some great pinot noir or gre­nache will go nicely with that.

Dessert at home is not re­ally my thing, so it would be an amaz­ing cheese board, madeleines and cof­fee.

The wash­ing up? My mother has this nifty habit of say­ing, ‘’Leave that, I’ll do it in the morn­ing.”

La Tête, 17 Bree St, Cape Town Tel: 021 418 1299

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