How it all Started
Dreams come true when one least expects it! I was fortunate enough to cook for some clients who became friends at a private lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa. One of the clients on this trip decided that I could be of some help on his next Birthday party. We all got along very well and a few days after the trip I got an invite from this client to meat him at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg. He said he had a proposition involving work and play…
Turned out it his birthday was coming up and he would like to make use of my help! He would need a hand in the kitchen for the birthday celebrations and afterwards we could have some fun together and he would show us what France was all about.
Phillip or rather PG, as he is affectionately know by all, is a very good cook himself and used to do his own parties – he needed a runner or extra hand. His parties are no easy feat…they mostly last for about three days to a week…with the die hard friends hanging on for dear life after the party! I don’t blame them because the weather in the South of France during that time of the year is absolutely marvellous, not to mention the unrivalled hospitality of PG and his lovely wife Minky.
The wines we had were mostly from France. We also had a wonderful Port from Portugal and like everything else, it was unbelievable.
The menus ranged from African, Moroccan to Indian. With the fresh produce available in France it was an absolute pleasure and one almost felt like the produce was to good to add any of the strong spices.