Pete Goffe-Wood

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Slow cooking

Slow cooking is exactly what it says. It is a long, slow simmer and it covers a couple of cooking methods namely stewing & braising, the only real difference between the two methods is the amount of liquid added and braising is often done in the oven. Slow cooking is perfect for all of the […]

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Roasting Meat

Roasting is defined by the use of intense dry heat with the view to caramelising and crisping the outside of the meat. Traditionally this method was usually done as whole carcasses or large joints on a spit over open coals but nowadays refers mainly to meat or poultry cooked in an oven. Fish and some […]

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Braai Tips

Know your heat source – think about what you are about to cook and how much heat it might need. When cooking multiple types of meatalways put what takes longest on first. Season your meat before you cook it, just before you put it on the grill, it helps the juices form and nice tasty […]

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Pete Goffe-Wood – Food Alchemist

Pete has been a professional chef for the past 31 years. He was classically trained at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks and worked in London for nine years where he cooked in some of the West End’s award winning restaurants. He returned to SA in 1999.

Pete’s work as food alchemist has taken him from the banks of the Chobe river in Namibia to Bangkok, Hanoi and Sydney and to as far a field as Oman in the Persian Gulf. He has also cooked in Paris, Budapest, Stuttgart, Istanbul, Zagreb and Moscow. He is the author of three cookbooks – A Life Digested, Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town and has written for numerous publications on a freelance basis. He was a judge on MasterChef SA on M-NET for four seasons and appeared at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown together with comedian, Chris Forrest in a cooking comedy show called Don’t Burn Your Sausage.

Pete is currently judging Ultimate Braai Master on e.tv. He consults for the Majeka House, a boutique hotel in Stellenbosch as well as for Bosjes in the Breede River Valley, and Bazaar on Florida in Durban.