Where and what with Justin Bonello

We ran a little competition on our Facebook page, and asked people to tell us about their dream African meal-date with Justin Bonello.

Justin is a homegrown Celebrity chef and starred in his own cooking and travel show around Africa. He does unusual things, we like that. We also like that he penned down his exciting, rough-around-the-edge recipes for his first book ‘Cooked in Africa‘. We’ve actually met Justin, oo la la.

We had three signed copies of his book to give away and asked people to describe a picturesque African setting for the meal cooked by Justin that would get their heart thumping the hardest. We had some wonderful submissions.

The favourites were from Ady Williams, Rosanne Amelia De Castro and Karin Swanepoel – well done you three. Here are their respective entries (if you are a little bit hungry, wait to read these until you’ve eaten):

“Medallions of wild boar in a red wine reduction with pureed aioli potatoes and grilled asparagus, all served on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater! “

“Something maybe a little different to his exotic destinations – would love Soweto street food, on open fire with spicy stews, mielies and grilled fish…. mmmm all to be eaten with my hands.”

“Let your imagination flow with the Zambezi river… Imagine, after a day of canoeing in the hot sun to set foot on the shores of the river, with the sun setting, – hippos, crocs surrounding you and the far cry of a fish eagle – Mojitos on crushed ice awaits us. Justin preparing crocodile tail in a cream & peaches curry sauce sizzling on the Skottelbraai. Rosemary mashed potatoes, or honey glazed sweet potatoes accompanied with mint & onion peas and a fresh salad made from spinach, beetroot & rocket, slices of mozzarella salad, fresh spices, drizzled with olive oil and ever so slightly spritzed with blackberry vinegar. For dessert I would love for Justin to prepare flambé hot cherries in a brandy sauce, accompanied by vanilla ice-cream slightly melted and mixed with Amarula Liqueur!”

Check out Justin’s book now and get cooking. Your kitchen might not have quite the same feel as the Ngorongoro Crater, but you’ve got to start somewhere.