SoChef! brings French Cuisine Cooking from Reunion to South Africa

Reunion Island Tourism brings French Cuisine Cooking to South Africa

SoChef! brings French Cuisine Cooking to South Africa

French cuisine has been a favourite on taste buds the world over and South Africa is no stranger to it. The French network in South Africa and Lesotho is proud to celebrate French cuisine with So Chef! from the 9th to the 22nd October 2016.

Taking place as part of the National Nutrition Week, the South African Department of Basic Education is partnering with the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) to give SA learners a taste of French cuisine. This year, So Chef! follows the immense success of last year’s show and is back to highlight the diversity of the cuisine, with the French ‘know-how’, local produce, and to celebrate food with a diverse audience.

The four top Chefswho hail from Alsace, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, and Reunion Islandrespectively, will travel to South Africa and Lesotho to take part in culinary experiences and create gastronomic masterpieces in seven cities, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Maseru, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

So Chef! offers a varied programme and worthwhile experiences for foodies and people of all ages, with workshops organised in schools and universities, workshops in the Alliance Française network and partnering cooking schools and four-handed gastronomic dinners (two chefs joining to prepare one menu) in restaurants.

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Discover the So Chef! programme

Here are the dates in each city and each Chef:

Chef Daniel Grondin (Reunion Island Region)

Johannesburg 9-13 October

East London 14-15 October

Durban 17-22 October

Chef Marie Wucher and Chef Cyril Bonnard (Alsace Region)

Maseru 11-15 October

Pretoria 17-20 October

Port Elizabeth 21-22 October

Chef Serge Demoullière (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region)

Cape Town 17-21 October

So Chef! is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the Alliance Française Network, Atout France, the Reunion Island Tourism Board, Le Centhor – CCI Réunion, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Province, the Lycée Le Castel and in partnership with the Department of Basic Education of South Africa.

Biography of Chef Daniel Grondin, Reunion Island

Chef Daniel Grondin, who is a native from Reunion Island, has 30 years experience as a Chef. He trained in the south of France in Marseille, before becoming the cooking trainer at CENTHOR, Technical Centre for Hotel and Catering of Reunion Island.

Chef Grondin enhances diversity in cuisine and has a particular liking for French, Indian, Mexican and Creole gastronomy, he certainly knows how to make your taste buds travel!

The Reunion Island Tourism Board is represented in South Africa by Atout France