Spicy Fried Calamari


Actor, playwright and author, John van de Ruit has won the fifth and final evening of Gateway’s Celebrity Chef Showdown where he competed with Eastern Mosaic presenter, Jailoshini Naidoo on Tuesday, 17 September.

“For me winning this competition means that one should never judge a book by its cover. It also means that I now have the right to boss my partner, Julia around in the kitchen, which will make for a refreshing change,” laughs van de Ruit.

The competition took place at Sevruga Gateway. “Jailoshini Naidoo was a delight to cook with and against. We had a healthy competitive spirit going. Overall, however, Sevruga restaurant and their staff felt like the true stars of the show,” says van de Ruit.

Van de Ruit’s winning menu comprised of; spicy fried calamari for starters; slow braised lamb shoulder served with roasted vegetables for the main course and vanilla creme brulee for dessert.

“Taking part in the Celebrity Chef Showdown taught me that working in a professional kitchen is an intense, precise and steamy affair. I have a new respect for chefs and kitchen staff and I’m astonished that nobody ever falls over on the slippery floors,” adds van de Ruit.

The two winners of the holidays valued at R18 000 each to the 7 star Karkloof Safari Spa will be announced on Friday, 20 September.

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