Chef Vusi Ndlovu of EDGE in Franschhoek will be in residency at FARMHOUSE 58. He has created a bespoke a la carte food offering, available only during his exclusive residency.
In line with the overall food ethos currently under development by project58, a core component is the hosting Chefs-in-Residence, which aims to allow chefs and culinary contributors from all over the country and world to explore and share their craft with the 58 community. Chef Vusi will be the inaugural Chef-in-Residence, presenting epicurean enthusiasts with an exciting opportunity to learn, experience and taste his holistic celebration of Africa, with a focus on under-utilised ingredients, innovative techniques, and recipes passed down through generations.
His menu will feature indigenous ingredients sourced from local markets, traditional artisans, and the farm. The menu will evoke a strong sense of community and tradition, reminiscent of African storytelling around the fire, with a focus on cooking over flames.
The goal of the residency is to learn about and comprehend each Chef’s approach, as well as to encourage deeper dialogues that go beyond food. Chef Vusi will stay at FARMHOUSE 58 for the duration of his one-week residency. Each day, he will conduct specially themed workshops with guests at the FARMHOUSE 58. Guests are encouraged to participate, indulge and connect with this experience at their leisure.
These sessions will include an in-depth discussion with the chef about his craft and technique, as well as his sources of inspiration and overall philosophy. Guests will be able to join the chef in the kitchen and assist him in the preparation of their evening meal, a truly immersive dining and learning exchange.
A retreat will take place over the weekend to bring the residency to a close. The retreat will take place from Friday 1 October – Sunday 3 October and available to the public. The retreat will include Chef Vusi’s workshops, as well as 58’s other core programs, such as daily yoga, meditation, hikes, and breathwork.
All bookings during this period are for rooms only and meals will be selected off the a la carte menu. Chef Vusi has curated unique daily activities that will be taking place during his residency and can be booked through FARMHOUSE.