Chef’s Table event hosted to make a difference

The chefs who hosted residents of the city are from left, Janice Solomons, Sune Niemand, Adrian Vigus-Brown, Sumari Rauch, Michele Fourie, Lesley Jacobs, Deon Pastor, Ishmael Khoarela and Shelly Naude.

The City of Roses enjoyed fine dining at its best at the second Chef’s Table Event, which saw chefs from the South African Chefs Association joining hands for a good cause.

The event was hosted with the aim to give the Free State Residential Care Centre a platform and support.

The chefs created an opportunity for residents to make a difference by simply attending the event. The Chef’s Table, which was held at Urth Lifestyle Farm on Tuesday evening, is the talk of the town after serving a scrumptious five-course meal that was paired with complementary wine.

The evening also served as a platform where local chefs could promote their craft. This as the hospitality industry suffered a huge blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chairman of the SA Chefs Association Free State region, Deon Pastor, told Bloemfontein Courant in a previous interview that they want to promote the chefs of the city and their food whilst creating a renewed excitement for the industry.

According to Vice-Chairperson of the Free State Residential Care Centre, Francios Prinsloo, they create opportunities for adults who are mentally disabled.

They currently have 127 residents there and 21 day workers. He said that they present various workshops at the centre to benefit their residents.

“We recently started a bakery at the centre and this is where the South African Chefs Association got involved with us. We called on them to give us advice and by seeing what we are doing at our bakery, they decided to get involved.” Prinsloo also extended his gratitude to the association for allowing them to bring awareness to the centre through the event.

He invited people to visit the centre and to get involved with the various activities to help out the non-profit organisation.

Sazly Hartzenberg