Chris Forrest is a master of comedy and a Celebrity Masterchef winner. He doesn’t need any introduction because his reputation for making audiences laugh with his quick wit and dry humour precedes him. He’s also jammin’ in the kitchen, so we wanted to what’s cooking in Chris Forrest’s kitchen!
What do you love about Jozi?
The energy, the people, the weather and its home. Jo’burg has the maddest energy out of anywhere I’ve ever been, even the weather is extremes, when it rains in December it rains po*s-hard, when its winter at night you freeze, in summer it’s damn hot, there are not half measures with anything, and the people are the same.
What do you do in Jozi?
Right now? Not a lot… Normally I do shows all over the city, I have friends and family in all places as well, and I try to get a bit of cycling in too. Even before Covid, since kids rather, I don’t go out as much as I used to, I have a bar in my house aka The Forrest Arms, which has people in it most of the time and I really enjoy.
Are you a morning or evening person?
In a weird way, both, not so much the afternoons though. I like to be up early because is what happens when you get old. Mornings are for early call times on set and exercise and school runs. Evenings are when I do gigs and have fun with friends.
Describe a typical or ideal day in your life?
It normally starts with the school run, getting my two daughters up and in the car to school. Then off to the gym for around an hour (despite what you think to look at me) Then it’s always different, right now I’m working on a sitcom, so writing on that, I also do copywriting as a side hustle so often working on that. I also often go into “The Underground Bakery” and work on my other hobby is cooking, and make a batch of my soon to be famous Bacon Jam (you have to try it to understand it). Afternoons, I pick up the kids from school, make them lunch and then if time allows, I try to spend at least an hour or so playing with them. Make dinner – my wife, me and the kids all eat different things, get the kids into bed and then, in good times I’m normally off to a gig.
What makes someone a JoziStyler?
I don’t know… I have no sense of style.
How do you spend your weekends in Jozi?
Friday nights are normally either a gig or a bunch of people at the Forrest Arms having a drink or three, Saturdays I like to watch football – I’m a Liverpool fanatic – and I really like to have a good break. Sunday mornings I go for a long cycle in the cradle of Humankind and then see friends or family.
What’s your favourite season in Jozi?
Football season. Otherwise spring, I love the new growth, the jacaranda, and the first thunderstorms.
Your number one reason for people to visit Jozi?
Your favourite hotel in Jozi for a #Staycation?
The formula 1 in Kempton, you can pay by the hour, it’s amazing. TBH I’ve not really stayed in many hotels in Jozi, I like my own bed, my rule of thumb is, (in normal times) if I can be home by 02:00 – even if I’m driving four hours to do it, I’d rather drive home than stay over.
Your favourite holiday spot outside Jozi?
Cape Town, it used to be the complete opposite, but now that everyone is “semi-grating” it’s becoming Jo’burg by the sea. I still like to go down there and chill though.
Your favourite restaurant in Jozi?
That’s like asking me to choose my favourite child. Actually, choosing a favourite child is easier. I like Cafe de Sol, Gouchos, Marble, Wombles (not sure They’re still open) and obviously the Spur – people with a taste for life, because life tastes like over-powering BBQ sauce, but they have a playground, so it keeps the kids busy.
Describe yourself as a cocktail?
I’m a cocktail.
Favourite spot for sundowners?
Randpark gold club. especially in summer when you can sit on the terrace and watch a thunderstorm approaching, it’s brilliant.
Describe your ideal date night in Jozi?
First I have to make up a story so that my wife doesn’t know. Then find a person willing… that’s where it normally stops.
What do you do to relax in your spare time?
I ride my bike, it’s amazing me-time to sit on a bike and think about nothing but peddling for 3-4 hours.
Is it true that you’ll be appearing on the next cover of GQ alongside Jeanie D?
I’m not supposed to say, but it’s highly unlikely.
Where can people buy the delicious Bacon Jam you mentioned?
You can find it at various shops around Jo’burg or check out the Facebook page “Cuisine by Chris Forrest” for that and other delicious goodies.
If you were a Pizza, what would you be?
Eaten, hopefully, I hate when people waste food.
Can you please take the questions seriously?
Probably not, I am trying though.
Do you think answering them in a “funny” way, will make people want to book you for their year-end function?
I really hope it does, I have school fees to pay.
Is that all from you?
Yes, I think so. Thanks for having me.
Follow Chris Forrest.