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5 minutes with Chef Thabiso Letshwenyo

Today we spend 5 minutes getting to know Chef Thabiso Letshwenyo, what he loves to cook and what are the must-do dinning experiences on offer for our guests.  The Morukuru Family Freedom Concept means that our guests staying in our exclusive-use houses are able to do whatever they want, whenever they want and that includes meals and the chefs spin on our guests favourite ingredients. Our team is on hand to make the safari experience unforgettable!  

Working in the bush, you get to cook over open coals - share a favourite recipe/dish you cook on a fire. Our Morukuru Breakfast Potjie Pot. It’s one of the best breakfast recipes I’ve made. It takes a traditional English breakfast to another level - layers of classic breakfast ingredients - all cooked in a traditional South African potjie pot, a round, cast iron, three-legged pot.  The potjie is part of our South African heritage and is descended from the Dutch settlers.

 

Morukuru Family Madikwe hosts many families and small children - tell us how you work out the needs of little guests - and what is one of your most popular kids’ dishes? Kids are just little people - so I get started by striking up a conversation. A favourite for most kids is to join me in the kitchen to make pizza. This is an opportunity for them to connect with me and each other. Plus the reactions from the parents when the kids explain the menu are priceless.

 

Do kids like to get involved with the cooking and do you encourage that? Definitely – it’s a different type of playtime for the kids, and their creativity is on another level.

 

You are part of the team responsible for keeping guests fuelled up all day - starting with early morning game drives - what are some of your favourites to pack first thing in the morning?  Our Morukuru signature rusks are always a great start to the day!

 

There is nothing quite like a great breakfast back at the lodge, after a long morning drive. What are some of the most popular dishes at breakfast time?  Eggs Benedict served with bacon instead of ham.

 

Bush dinners are always a highlight - tell us about a memorable celebration under the stars - menu/decor etc. South Africa has a strong braai (pronounced “bry”, rhyming with the word “cry”; Afrikaans for “barbecue”) culture and it’s always great to see guests enjoying a braai made in the bush just as the sun is about to set.

 

With people being so health-conscious and so aware of what they are choosing to eat tell us about a popular, nutritious lunch? Salmon on a bed of green salad, the best refreshing lunch that’s light and easy to prepare.

 

Do you have a sweet tooth - what are some of your most popular desserts to create for guests. Our Lemon Meringue Pie is a big hit with guests and is a popular dessert. I get a lot of requests for this winner!

 

You bake your own bread at Morukuru. What varieties do you like to create? And does anything beat the smell of freshly baked bread?  Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread - not even freshly brewed coffee! It’s welcoming and makes guests feel comfortable and at home. Our Apricot Bread is a favourite with guests and something unique.

 

If you could have dinner with one famous person/celebrity/sports star etc. - who would you invite and what would you make for them?  I’m not really into celebrity culture - so I would choose my Mom. It’s never easy cooking for my Mom as she is so great in the kitchen herself. But one way to win her over is with a good vegetable curry.

       

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