Meet new people: Christine Bernard!
Christine Bernard is host to our next Food and Chatter experience!
Born in Durban, South Africa to a Mauritian mother and French father, Christine has learned the secrets to fusing savory spices in her cooking. She believes that an ideal day would include good books, good food and good company. She dislikes prejudice, cruelty, raisins, and cappuccinos with cinnamon instead of chocolate on the froth! With her husband Warren Bernard, this dynamic duo combined their passion for Design, Photography and Coffee and launched Flat White Concepts in 2013, a graphic design company. Follow Christine’s journey in her free E-zine, Flat White Magazine and discover the creative, culinary and beautiful world through her eyes.
Get to know Christine
- What brought you to Cape Town?
I love seeing new places and experiencing different ways of life. My mom is Mauritian, my dad is French, and I was brought up in Durban where I spent most of my life, I lived in London for four years, three months in Australia, and for the past eight months in Cape Town. I moved here with my husband in search for something new and creative, and with a strong base of friends already here it was definitely an easy move.
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
Now that I’m living in Cape Town I’m wondering why I didn’t come sooner! This beautiful and creative city has completely captivated me!
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
I’m all about comfort. I like people to feel good and happy. So a delicious beef stew would do the trick.
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, dead or alive. Who will you invite & why?
Staying away from the obvious answer of friends and family, I think I’d choose Stephen Fry, Heston Blumenthal (although I’d make him cook!), and Karl Pilkington. We’d have some interesting conversations with Stephen, some incredible food by Heston and some comedy by Karl.
- You’ve had a bad day and are craving comfort food, what will you eat?
To me, comfort food is all about stews and pastas, and I certainly wouldn’t complain if you threw in a cupcake or two. 😉
- Share a happy memory you have about food
My mom used to make a cone out of paper and tape, and then she’d make delicious hot chips which she’d pour into these cones for us. When she made stews, she would prepare rice in a separate bowl, and then turn it upside down so that the rice would fall out into a perfect round dome. Just little glimpses that made me realise that eating is not just about the actual food served, but also about the experience that revolved around it.
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
I make a lot of curries and stews which has turned out to be a blessing during my first Cape Town winter.
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
Scallops. I’ve never tried it and it’s something that always comes up in Master Chef and other cooking shows!
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
Hearing: The sound of rain outside the window, while I’m inside cooking (nothing better than cooking a warm meal on a cold day)
Seeing: A cake rising in the oven (and hopefully not flopping)
Tasting: Licking the cake bowl of course
Smelling: Coffee brewing, popcorn popping (my favourite snack)
Touch: I like foods that you can eat with your hands!
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
I have discovered the land of sushi! I’m enjoying trying out new sushi places almost every week with my husband and friends. It’s nice to go out and eat something that you won’t make yourself.