August 20, 2012
Caviar group launches Molecular Gastronomy Wars
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Caviar group held its first Molecular Gastronomy Wars at the Caviar Food Studio in Gardens, on August 2 and 8, 2012, challenging some of Cape Town’s top bloggers, media personalities and special guests to “play with food like they never have before”.
Celebrating the launch of the group’s own Molecular Gastronomy kit, guests were treated to an evening of innovative foodie fun as they were placed in teams and competed against each other in a "war of culinary creation" with entertaining results.
Presenting a modern style of cooking, molecular gastronomy combines food and science to take advantage of chemical and physical transformation. This process in turn allows for visually stunning and creative dishes.
The group’s chef, Justine Hurter, guided guests through a specially designed, three-course molecular gastronomy menu, including elements such as basil pesto spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and balsamic caviar pearls, ice cream-free strawberry milkshake and an Apricot and Coconut Crème dessert disguised as a fried egg. Pausing at each stage throughout the demonstration, guests were given the opportunity to recreate and "play" with the recipes in order to truly get a sense of this completely new way of thinking about cooking.
To end off the night, teams were awarded titles for their unique creations, such as "most creative", "best looking" and "best flavour", with one team receiving the special title of "most fantastically ridiculous" for their bacon-and-egg-inspired molecular dessert.
For more information, visit www.caviar.co.za.
Below are a few of the photos taken during the event: