Chef's Table

Cookbook author Ishay Govender-Ypma's ultimate Sunday Lunch

Ishay Govender-Ypma, author of 'Curry: Stores & Recipes Across South Africa', dreams up the guest list and menu for her fantasy feast

02 July 2017 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller

Guests I would invite to my fantasy Sunday lunch:
• Dominique Crenn, the only woman chef in the US to hold two Michelin stars;
• Gabeba Baderoon, poet, academic and author of Regarding Muslims - From Slavery to Postapartheid;
• C. Louis Leipoldt, late doctor and writer on South African food and wine;
• Ali Sonko, the Gambian immigrant to Denmark who began as a dishwasher and now co-owns Noma restaurant in Copenhagen;
• Author and activist Arundhati Roy.
(READ MORE: I waited for something complex to say: Arundhati Roy on her new novel.)
What we'd talk about:
Immigration and identity; the rights of minorities and the displaced; the appropriation of food culture. Arundhati will have the first and last say in her melodious voice.Who else would be there:
My husband Jelle; my brother Mahen; friends Alex Matthews and Corina du Toit.
What I'd serve:
• Roasted whole cauliflower heads with whipped goat's cheese, cream and porcini salt;
• Selvie Naidoo's jackfruit curry from my new book, with a minty raita, mango pickles and Natal-style carrot salad made with chillies, onions and white vinegar;
• Mozambican-style prawns naçional with beer, cream and chilli sauce. I'd make a separate portion without beer for anyone abstaining.
Who would do the washing up?
My brother Mahen - that would be a first!

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