Jason Whitehead

Professional Chef | Cape Town | South Africa

Who are you and where do you come from?
I am a Cape Town based chef and cookbook author

When did you start working in a kitchen?
At my mothers restaurant, aged 15

Where does your inspiration come from?
I read a LOT of cookbooks

How would you describe your style of cooking?
Inventive, orignal, always using sustainable produce

What is your favorite ingredient?
Could not put that down to a single ingredient

What is your favorite thing to cook?
I LOVE curries

What is your favorite cuisine?
Would have to be a combination of Indian, Thai & Japanese

What is your advice to people who want to become a chef?
Before enrolling in an expensive chefs school, go and spend a month in a professional kitchen to gage weather it is a career you want to spend the rest of your life doing. It is a tough industry, and you have to work extra hard if you want to create a name for yourself.

What is your ultimate food dream?
Travelling the world and experiencing different cuisines

Where are you working now?
Freelance mainly

Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 3 years and 5 years?
On TV screens all over the world teaching viewers about the importance of knowing where you foods comes from

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