Having owned Chefettes for 20 years, I have seen dramatic changes in the food industry in South Africa. Twenty years ago we could not get Thai fish sauce or cellophane noodles or even herbs such as coriander! Now of course, we have caught up with the rest of the world and South Africa is renowned for its food and produce worldwide.
Over the years the trend has moved towards healthy & light meals, particularly with our corporate clients. Gone are the days of 5 hour long boardroom lunches with loads of cream, butter & alcohol!
We love to shop at the Bryanston Organic Natural Food Market – the quality & range of products available have been consistent for years. The Bluebird Whole Food Market and The Northcliff Natural Organic Market are also food shopping destinations.
At the moment we like to include aged prime rib or rib eye of beef, organic dark chocolate, micro herbs and duck on our menus. Clients love scallops, semi-fredo’s and puree of cauliflower or parsnip. Fresh and seasonal produce, as well as a good presentation, are the key ingredients to any dish.
Our ingredients are sourced from a number of suppliers. The best fresh produce comes from Turn ‘n Slice and the best meat from the Braeside Butchery or the Broederstroom Butchery. We also use a lot of wild mushrooms supplied by Agri-Nouvelle. Fresh farm butter, gorgonzola, marscapone cheese and cream are supplied by Cremalat.
Our Head Chef Robert trained at the Olive Chef School in Bloemfontein which has a superb reputation to train chefs for both the restaurant and catering industries. Capsicum based in Johannesburg also has a very good reputation. We are exploring the possibility of setting up an evening cookery school at Chefettes to launch early 2011.
From our humble beginnings in my parent’s kitchen, Chefettes has gone from strength to strength. I put this down to consistency, keeping up with the trends, our wonderful staff & of course, exceptional food, service and reliability.
Cnr 4th Ave and 10th Street, Parkhurst. 011 788-3613. firstname.lastname@example.org Owner Caroline McCann is passionate about her meat and the quality thereof.
CREMELAT CHEESE AND WINE, Cnr Martin Crescent and Sam Green Road, Tunney Ext 6, Greenhills. 011 822 8320. email@example.com
BROEDERSTROOM BUTCHERY, Church Street, Pretoria West. 012 205 1120. firstname.lastname@example.org
BRYANSTON ORGANIC MARKET, Culross Road, Off Main Road, Bryanston. 011 706 3671. email@example.com
THE WHOLEFOOD MARKET, Bluebird Shopping Centre, Atholl Oaklands Road, Johannesburg. Tel 083 311 4768.
NORTHCLIFF ORGANIC MARKET, Matabele Street, East Town Northcliff, Johannesburg. 072 9889 734.
OLIVE CHEF SCHOOL, BLOEMFONTEIN. 051 433 1120. firstname.lastname@example.org.