Jenny Handley chats to head chef Carolize Coetzee of Tokara about the best gift she’s ever received, her favourite music to have in the kitchen while she cooks and who she looks up to.
1. If you were not a chef, what would you be?
To be a physio was my second option – nothing that involves sitting in an office.
2. Best entertaining tip?
Keep it simple. Always braai, listen to good music and have good wine.
3. Food icon?
My first chef, Christiaan Campbell. I recently told him that if I had not started in his kitchen, I would not be the chef I am today.
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4. Choice of music while you are cooking?
It’s might sound very weird, but old-school rap.
5. Drink of choice?
Coffee! Early and late.
6. Favourite off-duty meal?
7. What is always in your fridge?
Nothing! Milk, fruit juice, Parmesan and pickles.
8. Best gift ever?
My family – all my sisters who make life exciting and worth living.
9. Chocolate or vanilla?
I am a vanilla girl.
10. Allergy or aversion?
Offal – I may use sweetbreads and liver, but not as a main course.
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