October 9, 2019

So Chef! Comes to South Africa

A Taste of France in South Africa 05 – 20 October 2019. Your favourite culinary Rendez-Vous with some of the crème de la crème of France’s top chefs is back in South Africa and Lesotho this October.

Four talented French chefs are flying in to bring a taste of France to your
demanding taste buds: meet Vincent Lucas, Frédéric Jaunault, Joey
Atchama and Florian Py.
From a Michelin star restaurant in Dordogne, to fruit and vegetable
sculpture design and exotic recipes from Reunion Island, they will not
disappoint your delicate bellies.
Put on your apron and catch them in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port
Elizabeth, Durban, Maseru, and with two new exciting stops on the
route: Soweto and Potchefstroom!

Meet The Chefs

On the Programme

Our four prestigious chefs will tour South Africa and Lesotho to serve
up delicious meals through various activities and events.
So Chef! offers a mouth-watering programme for foodies and people of
all ages: eat-alongs, disco soupes, workshops, 4-handed gastronomic
dinners (2 Chefs, 1 menu) in partnering restaurants, and much more!

Movie Eat-Along

An immersive food experience as the audience can eat along with the protagonists of the film. Several dishes are prepared specifically by one of our chefs to match the food in the movie. A culinary experience not to be missed!

Potchefstroom | 05 October with Vincent Lucas
Pretoria | 10 October with Vincent Lucas
Port Elizabeth | 11 October with Joey Atchama
Cape Town | 16 October with Florian Py
Johannesburg | 17 October with Joey Atchama

Disco Soupe

‘Disco Soupes’ is collective and open cooking sessions of scrapped or
unsold fruit and vegetables in a musical and festive atmosphere. The
idea is to sensitize people to food waste but also to eat healthy and tasty
cooking, and of course to (re)discover the pleasure of cooking

Johannesburg | 12 October
Alliance Française of Johannesburg with Joey Atchama
Soweto | 19 October
Alliance Française of Soweto with Joey Atchama

Wine Tasting And Food Pairing

A refined evening to satisfy your palate! Enjoy some wine tasting
along with a pairing of special hors d’oeuvres, to gently awaken your
taste buds.

Port Elizabeth | 8 October
Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth with Joey Atchama

4-handed Gastronomic Dinner

Come to one of our partner restaurants to eat dinner prepared by two
chefs teaming up to bring the best of French and South African
gastronomy in an amazing menu – a real treat for your taste buds!
Port Elizabeth | 7 October
Muse Restaurant with Joey Atchama & Allan Bezuidenhout
Pretoria | 9 October
Prue Leith School Restaurant with Vincent Lucas and invited Chef
Maseru | 10 October
Mpilo Restaurant with Frédéric Jaunault and invited Chef
Port Elizabeth | 10 October
Ginger Restaurant with Joey Atchama and invited Chef
Pretoria | 11 October
African Beer Emporium with Vincent Lucas and invited Chef
Durban | 18 October
The Sugar Club Restaurant, Umhlanga, with Vincent and Nathania


Along with these great activities open to the general public, numerous
culinary workshops have been organised in partnerships with high
schools, cooking schools, universities and the Alliance Française
network in South Africa and Lesotho. They are designed for students
and learners to discover and experience a taste of French cuisine, with
easy-to-find ingredients, as each recipe can then be cooked at home.
Through So Chef!’s partnership with the Department of Basic
Education and their National Nutrition Week, the four chefs will also
hold workshops at partnering high schools.

So Chef! partnering with the Department of Basic Education for National Nutrition Week

In celebrating National Nutrition Week, the Department of Basic
Education is teaming up with the French Institute of South Africa to
bring students new cooking experiences. This exciting culinary
adventure forms part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the French Embassy in South Africa for collaboration and cooperation
in promoting nutrition education in schools.
The National Nutrition Week (NNW) aims to promote healthy
lifestyles and to demonstrate culinary skills during workshops for
learners. This will enhance the already existing efforts of the DBE through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) which aims to enhance
the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy
meal at school. Whilst learners are being provided with nutritious
meals, they are also taught to establish and maintain good eating and lifestyle habits for life.

So Chef! brings a piece of Bourgogne- Franche-Comté & Reunion Island to local foodies The So Chef! Partners

This year So Chef! partners again with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Region and Reunion Island, helping us promote French gastronomy in
Southern Africa.
The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region is one of the 13 metropolitan
French Provinces. As part of its international policy, it has developed a
long-term and cross-sector partnership with the Western Cape
Province, mainly in the fields of agriculture, professional training,
youth development, culture and economic development. Since 2014, in
the field of catering training, it supports the development of trainer
and student exchanges between the catering school of Lycée Le Castel
(Dijon) and partners from TVET colleges in the Western Cape. This year,
the region is partnering with the Lycée Hyacinthe Friant (Poligny).
Located in the Mascarene Archipelago, Reunion Island – a French
overseas department – offers travellers the exoticism of a tropical
island in the Indian Ocean. At the crossroads of European, African and
Asian cultures, Reunion Island is a true melting pot.
Atout France was established in 2009 to promote the development of
French tourism. This objective is pursued through various projects that
all contribute to developing the French offer and attractiveness of its
destinations, as well as the image and awareness of France throughout
the world.

So Chef! is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS),
the Alliance Française network in Southern Africa, Atout France,
the Reunion Island Tourism Board, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Province,
the Lycée Hyacinthe Friant and in partnership with the
Department of Basic Education of South Africa.
So Chef! takes place as part of the
National Nutrition Week of the
South African Department of Basic Education.

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