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Top picks: Eat with Emma

Top picks: Eat with Emma

Café owner and food stylist Emma Wilson from Eat with Emma shares her favourites with us this week. A former food blogger – Emma became too busy with her actual love of styling and cooking that she scaled down on the blogging – Emma is a much-loved food consultant. Visit her lively eatery on Cape Town’s Loop Street and you’ll discover her passion in every bite of delicious food. It’s changing ownership at the end of July so hurry and you might still run into Emma!

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Top picks: Food consultant Bernice van der Merwe

Top picks: Food consultant Bernice van der Merwe

Julia Child once said that people who love to eat are always the best people. And we think people who love to cook for other people are also the best kind – people like Bernice van der Merwe, who many will agree are one of the nicest foodies in the business. Author and ex-owner of Long Street institution My Basaar – which has sadly just closed its doors – Bernice now devotes herself to catering, food consulting and styling (including an exciting new food movie). We chatted favourites with this meisie from the Karoo.

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Top picks: The Wine Centre’s Cathy Marston

Top picks: The Wine Centre’s Cathy Marston

Wine connoisseur Cathy Marston used to own a wine bar called The Nose, which is apt as she is certainly one of Africa’s top wine noses. Author of Love Your Wine, taster for many top publications and regularly running internationally-recognised wine courses by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), we chatted to Cathy about some of her favourite – and not-so-favourite – things.

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Top picks: Dennis Molewa

Top picks: Dennis Molewa

Dennis Molewa, the man behind food and restaurant review blog Molewa’s Kitchen, is in his own words “a raw cocoa chocoholic, obsessive chamomile tea drinker, fennel lover, lemon addict and a Malay curry worshipper” – in other words a man of many tastes, a huge lover of food and a fun voice to follow online if you love natural food as much as he does. We chatted to Dennis – also manager at Cape Town’s Borage Bistro – about some of his favourite things and places.

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Top picks: Catergold’s Karike Scheeres

Top picks: Catergold’s Karike Scheeres

We love chatting to different kinds of foodies every week – especially if they are about to be huge like Catergold’s Karike Scheeres. A private and corporate caterer by day, Karike’s company is branching out with its Golden Boxes – themed food boxes with 6 handpicked items from small producers. Something salty, something sweet, something to drink, something ‘wow’, it will be just you’ve returned from a productive morning at your local food market. Her very first HIM box included Pronto Mama’s slow-cooked tomatoes, so we asked Karike about some of her favourite things.

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Top picks: Chef Laurent from Bistrot Bizerca

Top picks: Chef Laurent from Bistrot Bizerca

He’s the chef behind one of Cape Town’s best-loved restaurants, Bistrot Bizerca – which has won numerous awards, including Best Bistro in the country. This week we chat to French chef, Laurent Deslandes, about some of his favourite things.

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Top picks: Feast Food Market’s Reinette Wiechers

Top picks: Feast Food Market’s Reinette Wiechers

We are food crushing on Feast Food Market not only because you can buy Pronto Mama products there but also because it’s such a brilliant business concept. Owner Reinette Wiechers came up with the idea of an online food community when she became a regular at her local food markets and realised that there was no online outlet for the small producers you’ll find at these markets. Voila, introducing Feast Food Market.

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Top picks: Bits of Carey

Top picks: Bits of Carey

Bubbly blogger, food stylist and recipe developer extraordinaire Carey Erasmus has been a regular on the Food24 blog since 2010. Since discovering her blog, Bits of Carey, we’ve fallen head over heels for her delicious, unfussy creations. She’s had quite the professional and personal journey thus far (read more here) and is also a regular contributor to Crush Mag.

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Top picks: Bibby’s Kitchen

Top picks: Bibby’s Kitchen

Bibby’s Kitchen @ 36 is named after cook and food blogger Dianne Biddy’s life-changing decision which she made at age 36. Leaving a career in fashion design behind, she tied her apron strings and started on her new food journey – creating unfussy, beautiful food, with particular passion for baking. Every Friday is Cake Friday, when she creates delectable sweet treats. Di also hosts cooking classes from time to time – more info here. This week, we unveil some of her favourite things.

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Top picks: Heinstirred’s Hein van Tonder

Top picks: Heinstirred’s Hein van Tonder

From accountant to food blogger and photographer, Hein van Tonder just started – which would be his advice to any aspiring foodie who wants to try blogging. “Just start! Forget about what people think.” Hein went on a photography course and committed to doing one recipe a week. Today, he is a popular food and lifestyle photographer, and will be hosting a food photography workshop in collaboration with photographer Francois Pistorius and well known stylist Isabella Niehaus in May and June 2015.

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