The 3rd edition of the So Chef event took place at Key Largo Restaurant at Hemingways Hotel on Saturday 21 October 2017. Soweto-born chef Wandile Mabaso was the guest of honour, and together with the executive chef of Hemingways, Shaun Gibb, cooked a four handed contemporary French gastronomic dinner. French cuisine is famous for being authentic and a pleasure on the eye as much as a pleasure to the stomach. Contemporary fine cuisine takes cooking to another level and transforms any dish into a unique piece of Art.
Chef Mabaso who is the ambassador of French gastronomy in South Africa, excelled in combining ingredients to stimulate all the senses. The 4 course menu was a succession of surprising colours, tastes and textures to the delight of the 58 guests who attended the dinner. Each dish was paired with a different wine and guests were served Cognac as a digestive. The dessert of white chocolate soil, lemon sculpture, citrus parfait and charcoal smoked salted caramel, was an explosion of visual and taste sensations as impressive as the final shots of a firework display.
The magnificent chandeliers and décor of Key Largo Restaurant accompanied by a pianist on a grand piano added a charming French flair to the event. The management and staff at Key Largo Restaurant captured the precision and quality of service expected from the top restaurants in France, which ensured So Chef was a gastronomic fine dining experience.
The Alliance Francaise looks forward to hosting So Chef in 2018 and bring the flavours of France to East London.