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.

What would your 10-year-old self say about the job you do right now?
“What is that small town girl doing in the big city?!”

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Photo: Peet Mocke – You magazine


What’s the absolute best thing and the absolute pits about your job?
“By far, the best thing is not having a boss, but it’s also the worst thing.”


Photo: Francois Pistorius


What is a food aroma you love?
“Burned butter, bacon and lemon zest.”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
“It was a pasta dish served at a restaurant in Knysna: they used a power-based sauce and the outcome was a disaster, full of powdery lumps…”

Is there is food trend that you wish would go away?
“Red Velvet Cupcakes”

Favourite spot for lunch?


Photo: Bizerca


Where is your go-to place to shop for food or ingredients?
“I found this shop in Durbanville called Vineyard Deli: if you can’t find the ingredient you’re looking for in that little shop, then you’ve got a problem!

Favourite ingredient to cook with right now?
“Matured rump steak.”


Photo: Francois Pistorius


Favourite food or wine hero?
“Luke Dale Roberts”

If you were a flavour of ice cream, you would be… (and why?)
“I will stick with vanilla flavoured ice cream (but make sure it’s the good stuff!)”

If you had R1000 to spend, where would you go or what would you cook? (and drink)
“The Roundhouse, though for that, we’d need more money.”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life it would be?
“Meat – in all its forms…”

Your last supper would be (don’t forget the drinks!)
“Macaroni and cheese with a good bottle of red wine.”