October ended on a high. It’s out – the JHP Gourmet Guide™ has hit the shelves, the visual feast is ready for you to enjoy.
Our launch at The Stack was an exclusive, effervescent affair, with Champagne Taittinger spoiling the guests plus giving our top 21 plated chefs a bottle to take home. Each plated chef was awarded a hand-crafted plate by Mervyn Gers Ceramics (and a generous gift voucher), and there was palpable excitement and joy in the beautiful room. It increased when Chantel Dartnall was announced as the winner of the first-ever SWISS Culinary Innovation Award, after receiving three plates alongside Luke Dale-Roberts (The Test Kitchen) and Scot Kirton (La Colombe). She dashed off to Poland where she then accepted a few more awards – top female chef and top global chef. We are proud to have her in our team!
The announcement that eligible chefs will be allowed to enter the oldest and most prestigious chefs’ competition in the world, hit a high note. Taittinger have invited the JHP Gourmet Guide™ to be the platform on which our chefs can shine. Read all about it in the guide and for the full account of the fun last week, head to our website www.jennyhandley.co.za (which crashed the day after our launch – but we are up and going again, all gremlins gone!).
The book is available at participating restaurants, Book Lounge, Wordsworth and will be in other books stores and Woolworths end-November. If you wish to order online click the following link: http://www.jennyhandley.wordpress.com/place-an-order/.
THE STACK This exceptional venue formed the backdrop for our celebration, and chefs, their PRs and the media were all impressed. In addition to the restaurant and bar downstairs, the shady terrace and balcony, there is a members’ lounge and meeting rooms upstairs. The décor is arresting and stylish, and the service smooth yet friendly. Chef Jason Kosmas has his summer menu ready for you – put this on your ‘to-do’ list for Spring.
A morning business networking session at Tintswalo, which locals are heading to for sundowners and excellent cuisine. I caught up with chef Guy Clark, still making some incredible waves. In the Cape we can be transported from the ocean to the winelands in a blink, so off to Bistro 1682 at Steenberg we went for a delicious Friday night unwind. The next morning I headed to Oranjezicht City Farm Market, my happy place, to sign books – they still have copies on sale. I discovered our Product of the Month – Janine Vermeulen’s Herbs of Provance (yes, that’s how she spells it) – a salt with herbs and lavender. Of course you know what we are declaring the book of the month…
The last few weeks have seen many a casual lunch. October was my only month in 2017 that I did not travel, so I savoured the chance of casual eating, catching my breath with those near and dear. My men declared war on fine dining, and whisked me off to ‘mom, where normal people eat’ like Col’Cacchio’s for pizza and Chapman’s Peak Hotel for peri-peri prawns and calamari – and then off to start salsa lessons at Artscape!
I had a lively interview with Jenny Crys-Williams on radio, and we agreed that Jan van der Westhuizen is giving us much to be proud of, one of SA’s finest exports. Watch his new series on TV. Watch out too for the Spring specials – both Foxcroft and La Petite Colombe are offering a cannot-miss offer. Whilst you head there in November I am heading for Pretoria and Paris! Stay in touch…
Eat, write, eat right!