Cooking classes to perfect culinary skills and inspire food repertoires

Leopard’s Leap’s exciting programme of cooking classes is a wonderful way for passionate home cooks and aspirant chefs to fine tune their culinary skills and add some variety to their tables.

The upcoming programme for the second semester of 2015 takes enthusiastic foodies on a culinary tour of note!

June: Karoo Kitchen

In June you are invited to join Chef Gordon Wright, author of Veld to Fork, and experience all the Karoo has to offer: good, honest cooking using the freshest ingredients. Veld to Fork focusses on slow food from the heart of the Karoo and Gordon will be sharing his experiences and recipes from the book, specifically venison.

July: Pleasures of Provence

In July the Franschhoek Valley celebrates its French heritage and at Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards the focus is on the beautiful food of Provence. Try classic winter warmers such as boeuf bourguignon and cassoulet and understand how to perfect more technical Provençal favourites such as confit duck, preserved salmon and those classic French sauces.

August: Tuscan Traditions

Just read these out load: Pappardelle pomodoro, Panzanelle, Parmigiana de Melanzane, Brodetto di Pesce… Don’t you just feel like grating some Parmesan and chopping some garlic? Have you always dreamt of going on a food tour of Italy? Join the August Tuscan-inspired cooking class and learn how to cook these traditional Italian favourites.

September: Harvest Table at Home

Is the Leopard's Leap Rotisserie your family’s favourite restaurant? In the September cooking class Chef Pieter shares a few of his secrets, enabling you to cook some of the Rotisserie and Harvest table favourites at home! Learn how to perfect the ever-so-popular pork belly with caramelised apples and transform everyday vegetables into dazzling dishes, salads and sides.

October: J’Something Cooks Portuguese

The culinary world tour concludes on a highlight when J’Something of popular South African band, Mi Casa and host of DStv’s Something’s Cooking joins the Leopard's Leap Kitchen. In this hands-on cooking class he will encourage you to try Portuguese favourites such as Caldo Verde, Pastel de Bacalhau (salt cod fritters), skewered prawns with spiced rice, spicy spatchcock chicken, Arroz Doce (sweet rice) and the traditional pastry, Pasteis de Nata. Born in Portugal, he will be sharing some of his family’s delicious Mediterranean-inspired recipes, honest flavours and cooking tips in his informal and fun style that promises to both inspire and entertain.

Chefs will share techniques and cooking methods for each recipe, but also general cooking tips and interesting facts about the food and their origin. All classes repeat to offer a morning class with lunch or evening class with dinner (please see programme below). Classes take approximately three hours and are presented from the state of the art and exceptionally-equipped kitchen. Classes can accommodate twenty-two enthusiasts at individual cooking stations with their own stove and utensils. The chef’s every move can be followed on big screen television sets while printed recipes served as guidance on the day and when practicing the newly acquired skills at home.

After a busy cooking session, students are invited to relax and indulge in their own cooking-crafts – all beautifully paired by Leopard’s Leap wines as selected and recommended by Leopard’s Leap Cellar Master, Eugene van Zyl.

Reservations are essential and should be made at least a week in advance at +27 (0)21 876 8002 or cooking@leopardsleap.co.za

Classes cost: R650 per person

Morning classes starts at 09:30 / Evening classes starts at 18:00

Cooking Classes Programme

June 2015 - Karoo Kitchen

Thursday, 11 June Morning class and lunch

Friday, 12 June Evening class and dinner

July 2015 - Pleasures of Provence

Thursday, 9 July Morning class and lunch

Friday, 10 July Evening class and dinner

August 2015 - Tuscan Traditions

Thursday, 6 August Morning class and lunch

Friday, 14 August Evening class and dinner

September 2015 - Harvest Table at Home

Thursday, 3 September Morning class and lunch

Friday, 18 September Evening class and dinner

October - J’Something cooks Portuguese

Wednesday, 14 October Evening class and dinner

Thursday, 15 October Morning class and lunch

For more information on Leopard’s Leap and the activities at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, please visit www.leopardsleap.co.za

About Leopard's Leap

Leopard’s Leap was conceptualised at the turn of the century by winemaker and businessman Hein Koegelenberg, with guidance from his late father in law, internationally renowned industrial leader Dr. Anton Rupert. Following its formidable success as a wine producer during the first decade, a decision was made in 2011 to broaden the horizons and, at the same time, create a home where visitors can get close to the values of the Leopard’s Leap brand and experience the Leopard’s Leap identity and principal passions – wine, food, conservation and literature.

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