A growing group of Master chefs recognize that clean, safe and healthy cooking is not that easily accessible for everybody. More and more of them, worldwide as well as close by the townships of South Africa, express their concerns and share their talents, art and network to solve this problem once and for all, with clean cookstoves for all.
Chef Margot Janse
Margot Janse is the incredibly talented executive chef at the award-winning Le Quartier Français boutique hotel in Franschhoek, South Africa.
Her stimulating African-inspired surprise menu changes regularly, based on the seasonal fresh produce which she sources from Le Quartier’s own indigenous garden and small local producers. The result is a kitchen buzzing with ongoing innovative and creative energy, as Margot and her talented team serve course after course of exquisite cuisine from this truly fine dining restaurant.
‘I can’t just cook in our luxurious world, while around the corner there’s hunger.
Sharing is caring, it’s fundamental – especially when working in a problematic social context like South Africa’
Chef Moshik – 2 Michelin star cook of &SamhoudPlaces Amsterdam
Scot Kirton – La Colombe
There is much excitement in the kitchen at La Colombe…merely a year after their epic relocation to the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate at Constantia Nek. The La Colombe team has been awarded one of the highest accolades at the Oscars of the South African restaurant industry – the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Scot Kirton has been recognized as South Africa’s S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year 2015, and La Colombe was announced as the #2 Restaurant of the year in SA, hot on the heels of The Test Kitchen.
Ron Duprat, Chef
Chef Ron Duprat has a long list of culinary accomplishments. With over 20 years of cooking experience, he has opened several successful restaurants, published a cookbook, and earned Certified Executive Chef status with the American Culinary Federation. A former competitor on the Bravo series “Top Chef,” he is executive chef of the Montauk Yacht Club in New York and is also a culinary ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.
Growing up in Haiti’s Mare Rouge, Duprat experienced firsthand the effects clean cookstoves and fuels can have on family health. In addition to advocating clean cooking technologies, Duprat has maintained a strong advocacy for his home country and is working on its ‘sustainable food future’ movement.
Asian catering and event specialist, running an innovative cooking class in Durban. Kuan is passionate about creating magic with food and all that is connected to it. As a former resident of Hout Bay, he loves to share the Mimi Moto to as many fellow citizen in and outside the townships in his role as an active Clean Cooking Ambassador.
Chef José Andrés
José Andrés is Chef, Founder of World Central Kitchen, and owner of ThinkFoodGroup.
A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 21 restaurants, located throughout the country in Washington, DC, Miami, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.
In 2015, he was named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community, and also became a Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization to help increase awareness regarding the contributions of new Americans.
Pati Jinich is a cookbook author, cooking teacher and chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and host of the PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table. Pati was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. In 2007, she launched “Mexican Table” an ongoing series of culinary programs. Her first cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Mexican Home Cooking published in March 2013.
Pati is a regular guest on many television programs, and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other U.S. national and regional press. Pati was invited to cook at the White House for the President of the United States’ Cinco de Mayo celebration. She has a passion for promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle for children and families, and is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, the International Association of Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, and the Kitchen Cabinet for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
Susan Kamau is a consultant, cook, and a lover of food, as well as the founder and chef behind Kenyan Kitchen. Her natural exuberance and talent for communication have led her to become Kenya’s most celebrated chef.
She works with local organizations to help educate local communities on the need to replace open fires with clean burning, fuel-efficient stoves that dramatically impact the lives of families and reduce environment degradation.
Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. He is chef extraordinaire, TV show host, author of best-selling cookbooks, restaurant consultant, co-owner of a TV channel, and winner of several important national and international culinary awards. He is also working to help empower Indian women through clean cooking to become self-sufficient.
Famous Stellenbosch Chefs support the Clean Cooking Revolution:
George Jardine – Michael Deg – Richard Carstens
Michelle Theron – Pierneef a la Motte Scot Kirton – La Colombe