Gastronomic affair of French proportions

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PAT VIAENE

THE Alliance Française of East London held the third edition of the So Chef! event at the Key Largo Restaurant at Hemingways Hotel on Saturday.

OOH LA LA! Alliance Française of East London president Christophe Beau, chef Wandile Mabaso, Alliance Française director Aline Driessel and honorary French consul Pierre Viaene at the So Chef! event at the weekend Picture: SUPPLIED

This one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience saw Soweto-born chef and ambassador of French gastronomy in South Africa, Wandile Mabaso, as the guest of honour.

Together with the executive chef of Hemingways, Shaun Gibb, Mabaso cooked a four-handed contemporary French dinner. He excelled in combining ingredients to stimulate all the senses.

The four-course menu was a succession of surprising colours, tastes and textures to the delight of the 58 guests who attended the dinner. Each dish was paired with a different wine and guests were served cognac as a digestive.

The dessert of white chocolate soil, lemon sculpture, citrus parfait and charcoal-smoked salted caramel was an explosion of visual and taste sensations as impressive as the final shots of a firework display.

The magnificent chandeliers and decor of the Key Largo Restaurant, accompanied by a pianist on a grand piano, added a charming French flair to the event.

The management and staff at the restaurant captured the precision and quality of service expected from the top restaurants in France, which ensured So Chef was a gastronomic fine dining experience.

The Alliance Française looks forward to hosting So Chef! next year and bringing the flavours of France to East London.

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