Pete Goffe-Wood is cooking up a treat at the Summer Braai event at The Five Bells, Wickham
One of the world's leading outdoor chefs is heading to the UK for one day only for a very special cooking event this weekend.
Pete Goffe-Wood is a professional chef, restauranteur, cookbook author and TV chef and is a resident judge on Ultimate Braai Master – and now he’s heading to Wickham to officially open a new outdoor dining experience.
The Five Bells will host the Summer Braai event tomorrow (Saturday) and there are still a few tickets remaining.
Mr Goffe-Wood was born in London but grew up in South Africa, a country that prides itself on its outdoor culinary expertise and where the braai (BBQ to you and me) is woven into almost every aspect of life.
He was food editor for GQ magazine for eight years and was a regular contributor to Men’s Health. He is the author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town and, most recently, A Life Digested.
Oh and have we mentioned, that he was a judge on MasterChef SA?
On Saturday he will be hosting the launch of the new outdoor dining experience at The Five Bells, Wickham, which has been created by Duncan Jones, the landlord of The Five Bells, and himself an accomplished chef who has even cooked for The Queen.
All guests will be treated to a glass or two of fine South African wines and there will be other SA-themed surprises on the day.
It’s the only venue Mr Goffe-Wood is cooking at in the UK on this trip and you can book tickets here - http://fivebellswickham.co.uk/
He said: “Communing to eat around an open fire across cultural and economic borders is very important to all of us in South Africa. The conviviality around the braai is something we can all relate to.
“And because it’s almost always sunny and we can cook outside we think have pretty much perfected this as an art form.
"We braai all the time. We have braai competitions on TV and I’m lucky enough to be a judge on the top show of its kind on TV – so I get to see the best in the business all the time.
“People might think it’s easy – and in the UK it's often sausages and burgers – but we have a massive range of things we can do over the fire and I can’t wait to help open Duncan’s new outdoor dining experience – especially as I’ll be one of the first people to cook on his specially commissioned braai machine.
"It looks stunning and shows a real commitment to making outdoor dining a real experience – which is exactly what it is.”