We chat to Megan Kate Swan, international private chef
You’ve spent a lot of time in the USA over the past few years. What did you do there and how was the experience?
I cooked for private families, mostly located on the East Coast of America over the summer. Most of my time was spent in the Hamptons, where parties are in full swing from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is really hard work, but very fun and rewarding.
What is your favourite destination in the USA and why?
I certainly never tire of New York City or Los Angles, but of the two, New York has a special place in my heart; every borough is unique, and each one is totally captivating.
You’re back on home soil now. What is your favourite city in South Africa and why?
I would probably have to say Knysna, as I always feel most relaxed and at home when I am there. That said, spending time in the Kruger Park has got to be a close second.
Tell us a bit more about your upcoming podcast, Chef Who. What can listeners expect from the podcast?
I want to have a frank and open discussion about food, to share with the world what is really going on in the mind of the chefs, who are lovingly sourcing, preparing and creating our food on a daily basis. I chat about the reality of a chefs’ life and why they push themselves to the point of burnout.
Why a podcast?
It was a natural creative progression for me, as I have dabbled in vlogging/ blogging and wanted to try something new that was more accesible to a wider audience in South Africa (ie won’t chew all of their data). My goal is to inspire and inform young budding chefs and foodies – I think this platform will help me do just that.
How is Chef Who different from other podcasts in the food genre?
I hope the Chef Who podcast shows a fresh, honest and raw window into the lives of our most revered local chefs.
Who would your dream guest on Chef Who be?
Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen. I love his approach to seasonal and local food and the kitchen culture he promotes amongst his staff.
What are 3 ingredients you always have in your fridge?
I seem to always have butter, lemons and wine.
What do you love most about being a private chef?
I get to travel the world, meet new people along the way and connect with my clients, their families and their friends. As a private chef you fulfil a very intimiate and important roll within the family. It’s not always easy keeping each member happy, but this is your number one priority.
If you could cook for anyone in the world, who would it be?
David Attenborough – as I would love to hear about some of his favourite wildlife encounters.
Where can our readers follow you?
Facebook – The Swan Blog
Blog – www.swanblog.net
Twitter – swanmegankate
Chef Who launches on 1 February 2019. Follow Megan on social media to be the first to know when the podcast launches.