Day 2 Dr Gallagher Young Chefs Tour
For today our host was Courtney Catherine Wood - Chef of 3sixty - Liquid Lounge and Secretary of SACA Young Chefs club.
We took off early in the morning through Magalisburg(rural 'Joburg') and headed to Maropeng, cradle of humankind. Where we would be co-hosted by Chef Peter Langa, Executive Chef of Maropeng operations for the last 10 years. Which consists of a 40 seater boutique hotel restaurant, a 250-400 sit/stand restaurant Tumulus, and 2 cafe venues that operate every day to provide the tourists and visitors a quicker meal option. With all of this happening, Chef Langa still put out more than half a day of his time to guide us through the exhibit/museum which has gathered and provided the research of the origins of man kind.
After the museum tour we proceeded to have lunch at Tumulus which was served by Sous Chef Marcus. Providing us with a wonderful lunch and demonstration of simple food being done well. During the lunch we had the opportunity to learn about the experiences and knowledge that has made Chef Langa who he is today. A man of great personality and mentorship, he described to us how he wanted to be a geologist, but due to certain circumstances he went into the hospitality industry whereby he realised that cooking from his soul is what he ended up wanting to do.
When lunch was finished we went on to explore the Sterkfontein Caves, an exhibit showing what started off as a gold mine turned into an archeological excavation providing us with 3 million years worth of answers, through the discoveries of Mrs Ples, Little foot and more!
To finish the night off we got dressed up and had a night of fine dining at Punchinellos Restaurant within the hotel Southern Sun Montecasino. It is an Italian themed restaurant providing Venetian cuisine and mediterranean flavour inspirations with emphasis on ingredient freshness and simplicity of preparation. We dined with Courtney and hosted by Kenneth Ngubane providing us with a beautifully tasting bottle of De Wetshof Wines Riesling to go with our flawless dinner.
Another thank you to all those involved! Stay tuned for more guys!