I went through school living on chicken nuggets and mash, it annoyed my family to know end, giving it all they had to get me to eat anything else … Then I left school and I think my palet finally stood up and demanded variety. Since then I’ve been a crazy food fanatic, it doesn’t quite go with my choice of career and I often have to discipline myself into not over indulging but my love for good food finds me getting overly excited on the idea of eating out or being cooked for.
Last week we were invited by Peroni to attend dinner being prepared by legendary Giorgio Locatelli. It’s one thing to love food, but another to be clued up on your Chef’s. Being with Jacques I have no excuse but to know the in’s and out’s of the best Chef’s… What a treat.
We were told to park on the roof top of Blackheath Shopping Centre, where we were offered a Peroni and shuffled into a shuttle which drove us up the maze of Northcliffe Hill. The evening was perfect, the sun setting behind Joburgs City lights. We parked in front of a gorgeous home, and walked in admiring the beautiful building. Greeted by a piano player and yet another Peroni in the hall way before the rest of the house unfolded onto an open deck with a crystal pool disappearing over the edge. We found familiar faces Graeme Watkins and his lovely lady, Kim. Sipping Peroni and snacking on roasted nuts, bread sticks and grapes, while chatting and enjoying the surroundings. Jacques spotted Chocolate Man, Willie. If you don’t know this man’s story – do yourself a favour. He is incredibly inspiring, a unique family man driven by his love for chocolate and the success of his factory.
We were then greeted by Giorgio, and ushered into the kitchen where his Italian accent explained exactly how he prepares the most delicious cocktail snacks. Both Giorgio and Willie were amazingly accommodating, incredibly friendly and true pioneers of their passion. I was told that the experience alone was valued at R15 000.00 ahead and couldn’t help but feel I had a rather valuable head this evening. The food was to die for and the house was exquisite, in fact I mentioned to the Home Owner how I would just love to host an engagement party there one of these days… hopefully … soon
This was a treat, in more ways than one.