Chef Desmond Tshikota will host a Facebook live about African culture and heritage, and share a traditional recipe. Picture: Supplied
Chef Desmond Tshikota will host a Facebook live about African culture and heritage, and share a traditional recipe. Picture: Supplied

Chef cooks up a storm this Heritage Day

By Keshia Africa Time of article published Sep 18, 2021

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Heritage Day celebrations take various forms in different parts of the country, and what better way to celebrate than with food.

South African cuisine is a combination of different cultural influences and this year, we celebrate just that. The Weekend Argus will host two Facebook Lives where two prominent chefs will chat about their heritage and prepare a traditional dish.

Desmond Tshikota is a geologist and chef who will talk about some of the traditions of African food and culture.

Tshikota is known on social media as the Geo Chef and regularly posts pictures and videos that range from affordable meals to gourmet delicacies. The Geo Chef also owns his own catering company, called Nom Nom Geo Chef.

For Tshikota, seeing people smile as soon as they take the first bite of his meals, is what makes him happy.

“It gives me goosebumps to tickle their taste buds. Gathering people around a meal and entertaining them with food, is therapy to me,” he said.

The Geo Chef is excited to “celebrate culture and diversity of beliefs and traditions”.

Those who tune into his Facebook live can expect tips on how to prepare basic everyday meals, that are full of flavour.

Join him for a Facebook live on Wednesday, September 22, at 1 PM on the Weekend Argus Facebook page.

Craig Cormack has been a chef for 34 years and has owned his own business for the past 17 years. Picture: D Zondagh

The second chef that will host a Facebook live is Craig Cormack, the chef patron at Waterford Wine Estate. Cormack has been a chef for 34 years, having spent half of it working in hotels and the other half, in his own business.

“Louis Leipoldt was a massive inspiration to me when I started researching South African cookery,” he said.

He added: “By looking at the classics, I looked at how I could make a recipe my own based on culture, but in a modern way.”

Cormack wants to “celebrate the flavours only cultures can achieve.”

Those who tune into his Facebook Live can expect him to explore culture and have fun with his love for cooking.

Join his Facebook Live on Thursday, September 23, at 1 PM on the Weekend Argus Facebook page.

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