Neethling du Toit Of La Petite Ferme
Well-known for using local produce in creative dishes with a global twist, executive chef Neethling du Toit has headed the La Petite Ferme kitchen for eight years. He says guests can still look forward to the same heart-warming fare and elegant styling, but with fresh flair.
“Some of our dishes are so popular and ‘set in the history’ of the estate that we’ll always look to retain them in some shape or form,” he says. “The smoked trout and the aubergine-wrapped lamb are perennial favourites, for example, and we’ll never disappoint those customers who’ve come to savour these signature dishes.”
Interview With Neethling du Toit Of La Petite Ferme
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Definitely my Father, he taught me a set of morals that I try to live by every day.
What started you on the path of cooking?
I worked at a pizza take away place in my teens and really enjoyed it, that initial exposure to ingredients and a kitchen is where the culinary bug bit.
Which three ingredients could you not live without?
An exceptional cheese, meat and seasoning. Salt is the soul of cooking.
Which of your kitchen tools would you take with you anywhere and everywhere?
Definitely a stick blender
Do you have any pet peeves in the kitchen?
When people are slow!
Which meal is your all time favourite?
I love a good old South African braai
Which restaurant would you visit over and over again?
Terroir Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
If you could only have one recipe book, which one would it be?
White Heat 25
If you could work alongside one chef for a day who would that be?
Marco Pierre White
Which ingredient will you not eat or cook with?
What is on top of your bucket list?
Owning a Harley Davidson
What is your food philosophy?
Simple, elegant, heart-warming food done excellently
Any parting words for the readers?
I hope every time someone enjoys a meal created by our kitchens hands they feel the love and passion poured into every culinary creation that we display on the plate, over here at La Petite Ferme we really do put our heart and soul in it.
Find your week-end mojo with new #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme
Artisan cocktails & live music served up with majestic Franschhoek views. Cocktails and delicious bites will be served from 4-6pm in the beautifully manicured gardens of La Petite Ferme to the dulcet tunes of live musicians.
Disclosure: This interview was facilitated by Leanne from Random Hat Communications. The photograph was provided to me. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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