The best SA lockdown chefs and cooks on Instagram and Facebook

Cooks and wannabe cooks have never had it so good. South Africa’s (and the world’s) best and most charismatic chefs and home cooks have left their restaurant kitchens or come out publicly due to the global lockdown and have turned to social media to share their cooking wisdom and experiences. Here are some of our favourites to follow.

David Higgs

@davidhiggschef is one of South Africa’s most well-known chefs, and the co-owner of two of its top restaurants, Saint and Marble, both located in Johannesburg. He previously has also had a turn as a TV celebrity. But during South Africa’s lockdown Higgs has become the one to watch daily, and more than once a day, as he dispenses kitchen advice, shows you how to cook recipes from his cookbook Mile 8 (a must-buy, plus proceeds go to the restaurants’ staff fund) and even suggests a dish from the ingredients in your fridge.

His rugged good looks of course add to his charm, although we have started to watch him as much for his great techniques and ease with sharing them as we have for his rapidly deteriorating lockdown fashion sense.

If you are looking for good home brewing recipes Chef Higgs has also been experimenting with his own ginger beer, under the cover of darkness of course as this country is currently under prohibition (until June 1, 2020). He can teach you how to make a brilliant omelette, fry a cauliflower steak, poach an egg and create a Neapolitan-style pizza a-la-Saint (for this he enlisted help). In May Higgs announced the launch of his You Tube channel, Dave’s Kitchen.

Among the content to be showcased on the channel will be his 84 cooking videos produced during lockdown, an amazing collection of easy-to-make recipes. Dave’s Kitchen on You Tube will also support Marble and Saint’s staff fund

“It’s been an incredible experience getting to show people the dishes I grew up with, and the classic ones that I’ve been taught over the years – and the best part is, it’s now inspiring other people to experiment with home-cooking,” he says. “The channel will highlight local ingredients and suppliers, and also incorporate aspects of local fashion, music and art – something I am really excited about.” We suggest you subscribe immediately.

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Next would be the cocktail it goes into!!!

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Lebo Lukewarm aka The Disaster Chef

Not so much a chef as a master of cooking entertainment we have become gripped by photographer and cinematographer @lebolukewarm‘s kitchen antics and his attempts to master this chef thing.

Having dubbed himself ‘The Disaster Chef’ there’s something quite comforting about watching someone make plenty of kitchen mistakes while everyone else is turning out Masterchef creations, and yet stay chipper and upbeat. He’s warm and funny and utterly watchable and apart from his kitchen escapades, we are also great fans of his morning dance routines.

Chantel Dartnall

Multi-award-winning chef and one of the world’s top female chefs @chanteldartnall heads up fine dining restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, situated in a conservancy less than an hour from Johannesburg. On Instagram she is incredibly down to earth and has been sharing homely and comforting recipes for her granny’s banana bread, cauliflower soup and posh breakfast oats, all served up with her trademark smile.

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AND THE SECRET IS OUT ! There isn't a service that goes by where I don't get a request to share my recipe for the creamy cauliflower soup we serve at Restaurant Mosaic. So today is your lucky day …. You do realise I will now have to take the cauliflower soup off my menu as your version is probably going to be more delicious than mine 😂 RECIPE – Velvety Cauliflower Soup Serves 4 Ingredients 1 Large Cauliflower 100g Salted butter 1 L Heavy cream 2 cloves of garlic split in half ( 4 pieces) 60g Fresh Basil 1 Bay Leaves 5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme 10 Fresh black pepper corns salt to taste Truffle Oil ( optional) Method In a saucepan heat the cream along with the bay leaf, 2 pieces of garlic , black peppercorns, thyme, and basil. Once the cream has reached boiling point remove the pot from the heat and let the herbs infuse until required, add some salt to taste. Cut the cauliflower into small florets Heat a medium saucepan and melt the butter along with 2 pieces of garlic and sauté the cauliflower without adding any colour to the cauliflower, season with salt whilst sautéing. Take the infused cream and pour it through a sieve into the saucepan with the cauliflower. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the the cauliflower is tender. Transfer the cauliflower soup to a food processor, or using a stick blender – blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve and serve hot with a crusty ciabatta Bon Appetite

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Miss Lucky Pony aka Angie Batis Durrant

Blogger, photographer, baking fanatic and mom of two of the cutest kids @miss_luckypony Angie Batis Durrant has been cooking up a storm since lockdown. Her banana bread just about broke the internet while her Easter baking hit all the right notes.

She’s smart and sassy and takes the most fantastic photos. An extra bonus is that together with her husband Shane (singer in the band Desmond and the Tutus) she’s started sharing the most popular recipes from the delicious Asian eatery The Good Luck Club, that they founded and used to own.

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Do you need an idea for dinner? How about Crispy Twice Fried Beef With Basil? . This used to be our top seller when we owned The Good Luck Club and now we’re passing the recipe onto you guys 🙂 . If you haven't had it before then hopefully I had you at CRISPY 😬Nothing like a bit of crispy! . You can also watch Shane make it on my IGTV channel 🙂 Recipe is also up on my blog. . Also, please let me know if you make it 🙂 . INGREDIENTS: This will make enough for 2 people, double it for 4 . · 30mls Oyster sauce · 40mls Sweet chilli sauce · 1 Tablespoons light soy sauce · ±400 grams need strips, we used rump but you can use lamb or fillet · 1 small onion – thinly sliced · 125 grams string beans or snap peas- sliced · Loose handful of Basil leaves · About 3/4 cup flour · Oil for frying . DIRECTIONS: . 1. In a small jug combine the 3 different sauces and give them a good mix. 2. Add a bit of salt to your beef strips and then coat them with 2/3 of the above sauce in a bowl. 3. Coat the beef strips in flour, be sure to shake off any excess. Place them in another bowl. 4. Heat your oil in a wok or pot (need enough oil to deep fry the strips and not shallow fry them). Deep fry your strips until golden brown. This will only take a couple of minutes. 5. Place the fried strips on a paper towel. 6. Clean your wok, add a little oil and fry your onions until soft. 7. Then add your string beans and the remaining sauce from earlier. Stir-fry everything until the beans are tender. 8. Return the beef strips to the wok and stir-fry until hot. 9. Remove from the heat and stir in your basil leaves. 10. Serve with sticky jasmine rice or rice noodles. You are more than welcome to have any starch you like with it. Enjoy! . . . . . . . . #lucky_bake #thaifood #foodstagram #foodstyling #kitchenstories #thefeedfeed #foodphotography #foodporn #crispyfriedbeef #stirfry #foodgram #dinnerrecipes #dinner #recipeoftheday #dinnerideas #inmykitchen #gloobyfood #linkinbio🔝@thefeedfeed

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Online cooking lessons with Mrs Fong

Suyen Thornhill runs the brilliant weekly Asian pop-up restaurant @Chez_Fong in Houghton. During lockdown she has taken her cooking expertise online and is now offering Asian cooking lessons on Zoom. From how to make dumplings from scratch to Thai fishcakes and dipping sauces Mrs Fong is the one to watch. Course cost R100 for one and R300 for five lessons.

At home with Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen

Cape Town chef Luke Dale Roberts presides over a number of excellent restaurants, including The Test Kitchen which has made it more than once onto the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants (ranked 22). As he puts it The Test Kitchen is a ‘gourmet laboratory’. It’s one of those places you have to book for months in advance to enjoy a multi-course fine dining menu that will stay in memory long after the last morsel has been consumed.

On Instagram at @thetestkitchen this amazing chef is incredibly down to earth and takes you with him into the kitchen and out to the braai creating simple and hearty dishes while introducing you to different members of the family who all take part in the cooking.

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Cooking with The Glam Foodie

Without doubt one of the most glamorous food personalities on Instagram culinary artists Charmaine Ramalope-Makhubela @glamfoodiesa is all about style, from her impeccable dress sense to her beautiful plating techniques. While everyone else is in their lockdown sweatpants Charmaine consistently slays and adds flare to everything she does in the kitchen. Her dishes are innovative and in particular we love her take on #MeatFreeMonday. Look out for her recipes for Vegetarian Bolognese and her chickpea and coriander burgers.

Following The Joburg Foodie

Steven Steinfeld @thejoburgfoodie is always one to watch and particularly if you are a fan of pairing wine with your food, and if you want to know who is opening what or launching something new. A friend of chefs and sommeliers he has plenty to share about South Africa’s restaurant, chef and wine scene.

Lockdown has seen him resort to baking chocolate chip cookies and other treats (recipes aren’t shared but we are sure they will be if you ask). His instagram feed is a beauty (so perfect for those who love food, and prefer not to cook it) and we are not sure it’s a dish worth travelling for unless thejoburgfoodie has captured it.

Welcome to Our Social Kitchen

We love this initiative on Facebook that brings together chefs from all over South Africa to welcome you into their kitchen for a Facebook Live demonstration. You can pre-buy the basket of goods needed to make the recipe from‘s site or simply watch the live stream. It’s an intimate kitchen series and its full of delicious turns.

Host Arnold Tanzer (a chef, consultant and mastermind of Masterchef SA) and chef friends have created a space to give chefs a chance to do what they do best even at this strangest of times. Some of our favourite shows so far have been The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa’s Jane-Therese Mulry cooking with African heritage ingredients, Sous Chef at Intercontinental Sandton Hotel and Towers Fanie Sebapo’s chicken and Pretoria’s best Italian chef Forti Mazzone sharing a fish dish.

Gepostet von Our Social Kitchen am Mittwoch, 15. April 2020

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