Spending weeks away from family, which has grown to three since the competition, it must be good to be home?
I missed them so much. It’s very good to be back. We are planning a family trip of a lifetime through SA and planning to meet the country’s best chefs and TV personalities. We will be sharing our trip on social media and be followed by different media.
What was the first thing you cooked once you got home after winning MasterChef SA? I feel sure it was something on the coals as viewers discovered you are a man who loves cooking over the flame?
I braaied a lamb rump and served it with butternut and tonic water-flavoured leeks. Preferring to keep lamb simple, especially Karoo lamb, I rubbed it generously with crushed coriander, Maldon salt and ground pepper.
I served it with speculaas (a spicy Dutch biscuit)-flavoured butternut, rounds of butternut rubbed with olive oil and ground mace, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and pepper. And finished with tonic water and thyme-flavoured leeks. The rump needs some love on the braai as it can quickly either be overcooked or charred on the outside as it’s a big hunk of meat! So watch it closely and have a medium-heat fire.