Say Hello to our newest host, Shannon Smuts of Pure Good Cafe!
August is Women’s Month and a perfect time to catch up with the incredible women in our lives. Now… we know that our Chatters (you!) love to mingle over delicious bites, so we are joining Shannon Smuts at her 1-year old gem Pure Good Cafe!
Shannon was one of the top 16 South Africans competing on Master Chef (MC) South Africa 2013. A graphic designer before MC, Shannon grew up in the working kitchen of her parents’ restaurants in Newcastle and have always loved to experiment with food!
In July 2013, Shannon opened Pure Good Cafe with the motto: Healthy Food | Happy People. Everything on the menu are made with fresh local produce, some sourced from Baphumelele Fountain of Hope, a youth project providing vocational training to young people aged 18-21. Baphumelele started their own vegetable garden to train the youth to grow their own food, and these young entrepreneurs now sell vegetables to surround local businesses in Philippi!
Come meet Shannon over dinner on Aug 20th! Book now to secure your spot!
Get to know Shannon
- What brought you to Cape Town?
My parents moved here in 1995 from a small town in Newcastle, I was 10 years old so I didn’t really get much of a say in the matter 🙂
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
The ocean, the mountains, the night life, the multi-cultural vibe, the food and my little gem Pure Good.
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
It would be something tropical with a wham bam slam of flavours, probably coconut butterflied prawns on a bed of pickled cucumbers, shallots and mung bean sprouts with a pineapple chilli dipping sauce… yum
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, dead or alive. Who will you invite & why?
Madiba – purely to thank him for allowing me to grow up in a peaceful South Africa
Russell Peters – He’s funny and I reckon his impersonations of different cultures would keep Tata laughing all night
Natalie Portman – I know we are meant to be best friends so what better way to win her over than with a delicious dinner cooked by her new best friend!
- You’ve had a bad day and are craving comfort food, what will you eat?
ANYTHING thats warm and carby…. bread, croissants, toasted sarmie….
- Share a happy memory you have about food
I will never forget the wonder as a young child of making honey comb… it was so simple, but at the age of about 8 years old I was MIND BLOWN!
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
My family is pretty healthy, we’ve been brought up that way, so probably a roast chicken and massive green salad and roast veg, else a fillet on the braai and my sister’s famous potato bake!
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
As in Where I want to eat, or What I want to eat? I’d marry the man who takes me to Noma. But to be honest, my favourite dining experiences are the ones on a plastic stool outside a poofy building eating street food with the locals…. so it’s more about what countries are on my bucket list. Russia, Iceland & Brazil
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
hearing – lots of shouting and lots of laughing
seeing – a whirlwind of chopped spinach, juice pulp and toasted seeds sprinkled everywhere, colour colour colour! Beetroot, kale, oranges, strawberries… we’re a rainbow nation of produce!
tasting – fresh burst of flavours, homely comforts and zesty raw crunchiness!
smelling – depends on the time of day, mornings bacon and oranges the rest is a mixture between fresh produce and slow cooked soup/stews
touch – we’re all about hands on, wraps with your hands, curries with poppadoms. The food is crunchy because its fresh and not overcooked.
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
The Test Kitchen – I was lucky enough to go be taken on the 5 course tasting menu paired with wine, all in all after an amazing waiter and some treats from the chefs I left having tasted 13 plates of food, it was taste bud heaven…. UNBELIEVABLE!