This August, the award-winning Salsify at The Roundhouse and Chef Ryan Cole will be opening their kitchen doors and welcoming a host of the industry’s best to join them in creating a series of memorable Sunday lunches.
Left: Chef Ryan Cole PHOTO: Supplied/Jan Ras Photography. Right: Sourced/Salsify.co.za
Every Sunday for the month of August, Chef Ryan has invited a friend and fellow chef to join him in creating a once-off collaborative lunch. The lineup is an impressive standing of the Cape’s chefs he has worked with in the past and like-minded colleagues who share his ethos of hyper-local, and hyper-sustainable cooking.
In the spirit of Sunday lunches – especially during winter – the idea is to gather together in the warmth, bring friends together around tables, and enjoy long, lazy lunches with beautiful food, fine wine, great conversations, and plenty of laughter. For the chefs, it also provides the opportunity to get together and reconnect.
From left to right: Chef Ivor Jones PHOTO: Supplied/Claire Gunn Photography, Chef Mmabatho Molefe PHOTO: Supplied/Paris Brummer Photography, Chef Dale Stevens PHOTO: Supplied/Claire Gunn Photography
“After a busy season, winter is really the time when we as fellow chefs get time to reconnect and touch base with one another. Things are a bit quieter; we all have a bit more time on our hands, and this presents a wonderful opportunity to get together and do what we love most, which is obviously to cook. I’m really looking forward to getting into the kitchen with these incredible chefs who I am also privileged to call good friends,” says Chef Ryan.
The first lunch will kick off with Chef Luke Dale Roberts joining Ryan in the kitchen – a reuniting of a dream team that saw The Test Kitchen feature prominently on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The following week, Chef Dale Stevens from Faber at Avondale will cook alongside the Salsify team. Dale and Ryan first met when working as young chefs and have bonded over their shared passion for seasonally-led cooking.
Left: PHOTOS: Sourced/Salsify.co.za. Right: Chef Luke Dale Roberts PHOTO: Supplied/Frans Marais Photography
Next up will be the rising star Chef Mmabatho Molefe who previously worked at Salsify before going on to open Emazulwini, her restaurant which has received critical acclaim for her impressive Nguni-inspired cuisine.
The lunch series will culminate with Chef Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia. The two having cut their teeth in the industry together, remain good friends since moving on to their current successes.
Chef Ryan will work together with each of the chefs to compose an eight-course menu celebrating both the chefs’ culinary ethos, signature style, and the beauty of Cape Town’s winter produce. Naturally, each menu will be different from one lunch to the next as the chefs all bring their own flavours, techniques, and styles of cooking to Salsify’s pass.
Salsify and Friends Line-Up:
- Sunday, 6 August 2023 – Luke Dale Roberts
- Sunday, 13 August 2023 – Dale Stevens
- Sunday, 20 August 2023 – Mmabatho Molefe
- Sunday, 27 August 2023 – Ivor Jones
Cost: R1950.00 including Wine Pairing