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Sunset Lion’s Head Hike & Picnic

With peak season for private cheffing fast approaching, I spent my free time last week testing new recipes and frantically planning blog posts for the coming weeks. Gazing out my window in the late afternoon, watching Table Mountain turn a deep golden hue, itching to stretch my legs (aka burn off the third sample of buttery flat bread) and taking stock the mass of food before me I knew what I needed to do….

Cape Town has some beautiful spots to catch the sunset, so it’s no surprise that tourists and locals flock to Lion’s Head, which tops the list, to watch the sun dip into the ocean. Unsurprisingly it wasn’t hard to convince a few friends that a last minute Lion’s hike for sunset would be a great way to end the work day. Unbeknown to them, they were in for a surprise picnic at the top.

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My coconspirators and I arrived ahead of the main group, just in time to quickly set everything up. Ever the chef, and a sucker for detail, I had come complete with bamboo serving platters, ingredients for DIY gin cocktails and little weck jars filled with home made snoek pâté, duck rillettes, tzatziki, chicken liver parfait and Persian style hummus  which I decanted and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, herbs and crisp spiced chickpeas.

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The reaction when the rest of the group summited, made hauling three overstuffed back packs up the mountain well worth it. With a vegan, vegetarian and staunch meat lover making up the group I had tried to make sure there was something for everyone. Munching our way through the gourmet picnic spread of home made flat breads with charred nectarines and ricotta, Provençal chickpea salad, charcuterie, local cheeses and pickles, while nightfall blanketed Camps Bay below,  we realized how lucky we are to live in such a breathtakingly beautiful city.

After passing out my 5th business card to the jealous onlookers I decided I couldn’t keep such an amazing experience to myself.

If you would like your own gourmet tailor made experience contact me via my Facebook, linked to this page, or via hello@chefcapetown.co.za.


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