Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

Three of SA’s top celebrity chefs share their best French recipes

Three of SA’s greatest culinary maestros recently shared traditional French recipes to help bring the magic of France into your own home.

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Even though international travel is still restricted, many wanderlust travellers around the world are craving their next trip. 

Picture yourself strolling through the streets of Paris

Now, Wouter Vermeulen, General Manager Southern Africa, Air France KLM, notes that while we are all being responsible citizens practising social distancing, people across the world are finding creative ways to bring the world to them.

“During this time of lockdown, we have seen people embracing virtual travel to their dream destinations. And while it is no replacement for the real thing, it helps keep that travel dream alive. Another way we have seen people bringing the world to them is through food! Seeing all of those posts from people baking bread is enough to send you into a daydream about indulging in a freshly-baked baguette as you picture yourself strolling through the streets of Paris.”

So, what else could bring France a little closer to you until it is safe and permitted to travel again? Air France and Atout France, the French Tourist office in South Africa, have teamed up with some of South Africa’s greatest culinary maestros to share some traditional French recipes to help bring the magic of France into your own home.

Jenny Morris’ Slow-Baked Lamb In A Rosemary Dough Crust

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Jenny Morris isn’t one to shy away from a challenge – and this recipe is worth every bit of preparation.

“For me, it all started with the French kitchen. The father of French cuisine, Georges-Auguste Escoffier, is my hero,” Jenny says. The chef adds that this dish is inspired by her love for two French staples. “I have eaten some of the best lamb and bread in the world in France so I decided to marry the two in one dish.”

You can find the recipe over here:

Nataniël’s Oven-Toasted Baguette With Smoked Salmon And Apple

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Local celebrity chef Nataniël is incredibly proud of his French heritage – and it’s something that is very much part of his everyday life. 

“The first time I stayed in France for a really long period of time, I spent all my time in Nantes with my family and I discovered the joy of simple food made with good quality produce. The people of that region love using apples in sweet and savoury dishes which is what inspired this particular dish. I now serve it all the time and it also features three of my favourites ingredients: baguette, smoked salmon and Calvados!”

You can find the recipe over here:

Tumi ‘ChewMe’ Mogoai’s Classic Quiche Lorraine With Potato Crust

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Tumi made headlines last year when she won the first season of The Taste Master which saw her become the resident chef on SABC 3’s popular magazine show Afternoon Express and has always been a fan of French cuisine. 

“I’ve always been curious about French cuisine and I understand why the cuisine has been so celebrated. A lot of cooking is rooted in French techniques and I fell in love with this during culinary school. One of the first things I learnt to make was quiche and years later it is still one of my favourite things to make so I am excited to share this with my own little spin, of course.”

You can find the recipe over here:

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