For about a year now I’ve been pushing a hashtag on Twitter that I started after getting frustrated with the “why is cheese so smelly?” type questions I’d get at times. I also grew frustrated with the gasps of exasperation I’d get from potential clients when I’d quote them for functions and events. People (by ‘people’ I am shamelessly referring to my fellow South Africans) don’t quite understand nor appreciate the art of being a professional chef (and yes, it IS an art…hence the term “Culinary Arts”). Since everyone eats, naturally people will assume most people can cook. I learnt this to not be true when on a crazy adventure I chose to follow a crazy dream and enrolled as a full time student at a chef school at the tender age of 26. I will chronicle the journey I’ve taken and the drama and nonsense I went through going from a well paid corporate suit to a miserable student and then to a fully-fledged food snob (as I’ve been told I’ve become). If you’re wondering, the hashtag I started was and still is called “#Cheftip”. It aims to educate as well and enlighten people to the many wonderful ways food can and has been manipulated through time and by us chefs.
Through this blog I hope to share laughs, tears, madness and also teach you a thing or two about the culinary world. By so doing I hope you pass on the knowledge to your family, friends, lovers and even your pet dog. Just you sharing the tale of a simple slice of a cheesecake I’ve taught you to make via this blog is reward enough for me.
I will be doing restaurant reviews, cookbook reviews, debunking housewife myths, publishing my favourite recipes, talk about my journey as I try open a business…basically anything and everything food related in my life.
I’m just a simple guy from Soweto with a laptop and an idea. Come journey with me…