There are myriad reasons why South Africa is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world, yet top of the list are always variations on these three themes: incredible food and wine, the warmth of the people, and the sheer beauty of its diverse landscapes.
A breakout five-part series called I’ll Bring the Wine [ https://nederburg.com/ill-bring-the-wine/?posts=5 ] blends all of these aspects together: traversing the length and breadth of the country while tasting its best cuisine and meeting some of its finest people along the way too.
Created by award-winning wine brand, Nederburg [ https://nederburg.com/ ], and hosted by acclaimed chef and food writer, Karen Dudley [ https://www.karendudley.co.za/ ] (whose Cape Town restaurant has served the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama), each episode profiles a prominent South African chef, a quintessential South African dish made with real flair, and the ideal wine to pair it with.
Eye-watering cinematography meets mouth-watering gastronomy and together with Karen’s [ https://www.instagram.com/capetownk/ ] poignant insights, creates a travel, food and wine show like no other.
Think a pinch of Chef’s Table, with a dash of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and a large helping of Mzansi magic thrown in for good measure.
To whet your appetite…
From the lush, rural foothills of Kwa-Zulu Natal [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-two-beef-tongue-reimagined/ ] to the bustling townships of Cape Town [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-one-chicken-feet-reimagined/ ], much-loved chef Mmabatho Molefe [ https://www.instagram.com/mmab_atho/?hl=en ] succeeds in giving classic Nguni cuisine a dramatic contemporary makeover (think chicken feet terrine with onion caviar).
Next, multi-award-winning chef and Midlands maven, Jackie Cameron [ https://www.instagram.com/jackiecameronincolour/?hl=en ], brings beef tongue [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-two-beef-tongue-reimagined/ ] to life like never before.
In Episode 3 [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-three-diwali-dish-reimagined/ ], take a trip down to Durban’s famed Spice Market, in search of a one-of-a-kind chef and his take on a dish to celebrate Diwali.
In the penultimate episode [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-four-pap-dish-reimagined/ ], ice-cream meets Africa’s staple grains and creates something truly revolutionary in the process.
And in the final episode [ https://nederburg.com/article/episode-five-surf-turf-reimagined/ ], two impossibly different places meet on one plate: a rugged stretch of coastline, home to the world’s only truly wild oysters, and the parched desert plains of the Karoo, home to a variety of buck that still roam free, as they have for millennia. The resultant dish: a surf and turf like you’ve never seen or tasted before.
Binge-watch all five episodes at https://illbringthewine.co.za. No subscriptions or reservations necessary!
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A selection of images from each episode can be found here: https://bit.ly/3r8LmtH