A Taste of South Africa
Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
Johannesburg - If you’re a foodie looking for new ways to cook ordinary food, then watching UK celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt take a thrilling culinary journey through Mzansi in his engaging new documentary series, A Taste of South Africa, might be the perfect treat.
“I got to love pap just a little bit. But I also tried a traditional tripe dish that I’m sorry to say is still the same level of dreadful the world over,” the chef tells me via email.
A South African expereince
A Taste of South Africa sees Tebbutt travelling across the country on dusty roads and over green hills to meet some of this country’s most renowned chefs, cooks and farmers – all in an effort to create vibrant meals by using only local ingredients. With a broad range of foods and techniques on offer, Tebbutt gets to experience ancient gourmet culinary delights, township food, spice-laden street fare and amazing rural feasts.
Some of the great people he encounters are Xoliswa Ndoyiya (Nelson Mandela’s personal chef), Mimi Jardim (doyenne of Portuguese South African cooking and author of the bestselling Cooking the Portuguese Way), Mpho Tshukudu (co-author of the recent bestselling cookbook Eat-Ting), acclaimed Burundian chef Coco Reinharz (co-author of To the Banqueting House – African Cuisine an Epic Journey) and many more. #Trending’s Anna Trapido is creatively involved in the series.
Says Tebbutt of the series: “Without sounding too self-indulgent (laughs), the show is about me – as newcomer to South Africa – travelling across the country, discovering and exploring the diversity and flavour of the local foods. I sample regional specialities and uncover the history of some of the country’s foodstuff and recipes. I also get to chat to the locals to uncover food facts and stories that hopefully the audience will find as fascinating as I did.”
Tebbutt says the most memorable part of shooting the series, which will also be aired in Poland, are all the experiences he had.
“Everything blew my expectations ... None of it was the Africa I was expecting ... Oh and shark diving, eyeballing those boys while listening to the sounds of a migrating pod of whales in the distance, is something that will stay with me forever.”
Tebbutt says he is buying a biltong dryer and will be making his own. “Oh, and BBQ-ing, or braaing, will never be the same again, especially now that I’ve had braai broodjies – those delicious toasted sandwiches with cheese, tomato, onion and Mrs Ball’s chutney!”
What does he hope audiences, both local and international, will get out of the series?
“Just to see how diverse, culturally rich, energetic and stunningly beautiful the landscape and people are.”