Weekend Masterclass cooking experience with visiting expert chefs at African Relish in Prince Albert

The mini break of your dreams and a chance to cook contemporary dishes and explore new flavours alongside South Africa’s best chefs and food experts? We ain’t kidding. And it gets better. In between sharpening your kitchen skills and tucking into epic meals, you’ll get the chance to explore the quaint Karoo village, meeting the local […]

The mini break of your dreams and a chance to cook contemporary dishes and explore new flavours alongside South Africa’s best chefs and food experts? We ain’t kidding. And it gets better. In between sharpening your kitchen skills and tucking into epic meals, you’ll get the chance to explore the quaint Karoo village, meeting the local foodies and discovering the ingredients that make it such a legendary place.

Highlights

  • Get to know and learn from one of South African foremost food experts
  • Spend an immersive foodie weekend indulging in your passion and learning new skills
  • Hands-on cooking and learning
  • Tips on how to make the best of seasonal produce
  • Common mistakes and how to fix it
  • Easy to follow fail-safe recipes including fail-safe recipes
  • Enjoy a full weekend in the beating heart of the Karoo’s larder making new friends

Duration

Full weekend –  Friday 12h00 until Sunday 12h00.

Schedule

17 – 19 August ’18  | Annelien Pienaar, Cheese Making | R5 950 p.p.

An exciting weekend of cheese making with the inspirational Annelien Pienaar, food blogger, consultant, lecturer, author, stylist and health orientated foodie. Annelien is an expert in cheese making as well as sourdough bread baking. Ever since 2009 she has been delighting foodies with cooking classes and workshops at her successful Cookery school in an old dairy stable on their farm close to Hartebeespoortdam. Her best seller cookbook, Boerekos met ‘n Twist is already a firm favourite in many South African households, as is her TV show by the same name on VIA TV. Annelien is passionate about living from the land, cooking fresh from the garden and says no to all processed foods filled with preservatives. Spend a weekend learning the art of cheese making side-by-side with Anneline. You will start by mastering the basics and principles of cheese making, from straining curds of yoghurt for labnah and cottage cheese to making feta, cheddar, mozzarella and haloumi. Yum!

28 – 30 September ’18  | Nina Tim, Easy Cooking With | R3 500 p.p.

Nina is returning to African Relish by popular demand for a weekend course to help food enthusiasts take their cooking and food photography into a whole new league – and to prove that you don’t need to blow the budget in the process. All done the easy way, of course. In her trademark laid-back, friendly way, she’ll spend the weekend guiding you step by step through making the kind of food every dinner-party guest – and Instagrammer – dreams about. And you will have lots of opportunity to enjoy all the delicious creation, obviously. Ravioli and gnocchi, quiche, roast seasonal vegetable salad, a lattice tart… the type of dishes that looks and taste amazing, but are deceptively simple to make. In between all the cooking and nom-nomming, Nina will show you all the ins and outs of plating, styling and shooting your food to transform it into the stuff of trendy lifestyle blogs. No filters in sight.

23 – 25 November ’18 | French cooking class, Marlene van der Westhuizen | R3 950 p.p.

Through the years, Marlene van der Westhuizen has become synonymous with her comprehensive knowledge of French country fare. A qualified chef, Marlene has worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Alsace, specialised in food and wine pairings lunches at several illustrious winelands restaurants and has written a whopping seven cookbooks. She now divides her time between conducting private cooking demonstrations at her Green Point home, creating new cookbooks (spoiler alert, a new one due soon!), starring in TV food shows such as her popular ‘Van Skaapstert tot Camembert’ on the VIA and leading cooking tours from her beautiful cottage in Charroux in France. Marlene is all about the joy of wholesome memorable food, sourcing it, cooking it and sharing it with friends and fellow food travellers. In this upcoming weekend masterclass she will be sharing the understated glamour of French country cooking, eating and living and teach how to cook and present glorious meals.

Price

from R3 500 per person

Includes all workshops with the expert chef, meals and excursions. Accommodation available to book in addition, book together with you workshop or if you have particular needs please send us your accommodation requirements.


Overview

Prince Albert really is the little village that could: drop-dead gorgeous scenery, serenity aplenty, and a foodie community that knows how to make the most of the fantastic produce around them. African Relish Cooking school is at the core of this culinary ’hood. Opened by Lisa and Philip Key over 10 years ago, the school has become a famous retreat for folks wanting to get a break away from it all and get down to the fun and therapeutic business of cooking and eating.

Under the guidance of new resident chef, Camilla Comins, the school offers a host of courses, but some of the undisputed favourites are the various visiting chef masterclasses that takes place during the course of the year. African Relish invites experts in their respective fields to conduct a masterclass – perfect for those who want enough time to really immerse themselves and master a new skill, be it meat-curing, baking or cooking.

The class runs over an entire weekend leaving enough time to also explore, or should we say eatsplore, Prince Albert at your own pace. And, as the Karoo’s larder, Prince Albert has a lot of amazing local produce to discover – think Karoo lamb, venison, fresh figs, raw-milk cheese and cold-pressed olive oil – enough for the most epic feast.

What’s included

  • Masterclass workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • All meals listed on the itinerary
  • All excursions listed on itinerary
  • Recipes and notes
  • Special African Relish apron

What’s not included

  • Accommodation, we have beautiful Karoo cottages available to book, please let us know if we can arrange a booking for you!
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers
  • All Drinks

Important Information

  • A minimum of 10 bookings is required for this experience to take place and a maximum of 12 bookings will be taken. If less than 10 bookings is received the experience will be cancelled and you will be refunded.
  • Arrive on Friday at 12:00 to allow time for check-in as lunch is served at 13:00
  • Partners and other non-participating attendees pay an extra fee (from R1750) for meals and listed excursions. Depending on the specific masterclass this price might vary – follow the book now button for the exact price for your chosen masterclass.

Itinerary

Friday

12:00 Arrive at African Relish and settle into your accommodation.

13:00 Light lunch prepared by visiting chef and resident chef Camilla Comins. Meet the team and discuss schedule.

14:00 Masterclass Session 1.

18:00 Ghost walk and village ramble – Ailsa Tudhope, historian and story teller, takes you on a journey back in time with tales of ghosts and village rogues from the past.

20:00 Welcome dinner at African Relish

Saturday

08:30 Visit to Saturday market for some local flavour.

09:00 Breakfast at African Relish

10:00 Masterclass Session 2.

13:00 Light lunch at African Relish

14:30 Masterclass Session 3.

17:00 At leisure.

20:00 Dinner at African Relish where we enjoy the fruits of the day’s culinary endeavours.

Sunday

07:30 Gather at African Relish for coffee and rusks. Botanical excursion with

Dr Sue Milton, renowned botanist and specialist in Karoo biome biology. (Nina Tim workshop only)

09:00 Masterclass 4. Breakfast, hands-on workshop session with visiting chef.

11:30 Final questions / discussion session

12:00 – Departure

 

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Photography:  Kleinjan Groenewald and Myburg du Plessis

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