So Chef! 2018 - Celebrating Fench cuisine with a South African twist

All of you food lovers out there were waiting for it and it’s finally back!

So Chef! 2018 is back in South Africa and Lesotho from 6 to 21 October for more mouth-watering and finger-licking culinary experiences.


So join us for a celebration of French cuisine with a South African twist!

The So Chef! Program

Our four prestigious chefs will tour South Africa and Lesotho to serve up delicious meals through various activities and events. So Chef! offers a packed programme for foodies and people of all ages: eatalong, workshops for self-learners in the Alliance Française network and cooking schools, 4-handed gastronomic dinners (2 Chefs, 1 menu) in partnering restaurants, and many more!


An immersive food experience as the audience can eat along with the protagonists of the film. Several dishes are prepared specifically by one of our chefs to match the food in the movie. A culinary experience not to be missed!

Cape Town | 16 October at 18h30 (free entrance)
Alliance Française of Cape Town with Florian Py
Screening of the French feature film "Le Chef" directed by Daniel Cohen and Starring Jean Reno and Michaël Youn

Port Elizabeth | 11 October at 18:30
Black Box Theatre with Khalid El Khasimi

East London | 12 October at 19:30
Alliance Française of East London with Khalid El Khasimi

"4-handed" gastronomic dinner

Port Elizabeth | 7 October at 12:30
Flava Restaurant with Khalid El Khasimi & Chef John Burger

Port Elizabeth | 8 October at 19:00
Muse Restaurant with Khalid El Khasimi & Allan Bezuidenhout

Demo Workshop

Along with these great activities open to the general public, numerous culinary workshops have been organised in partnerships with schools, cooking schools, universities and the Alliance Française network in South Africa and Lesotho. They are designed to discover and experience French influenced tastes, with easy-to-find ingredients, as each recipe can then be cooked at home.

Cape Town I 19 October at 17h30
Alliance Française of Cape Town with Florian Py
Fee: R50, limited spots available - Booking is required for this event

A little bit more about the Chef

Chef Florian Py
Cape Town | 15-21 October

Florian Py is a French chef from the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. With a background in pastry and as a head chef, he has worked in several 3-star Michelin restaurants, and spent time in the USA and in England to gain more experience. While being a trainer at GRETA (adult training centres), he followed his own training under renowned French chef Alain Ducasse. He was also a semi-finalist in the "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" competition in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Currently Florian is a teacher at his alma mater Lycée Hyacinthe Friant in the Jura wine-growing region, and works as an extra chef at the 3-star Michelin restaurant "La Maison Jeunet". He is passionate about the history of gastronomy and always eager to share his latest discoveries with his students

The So Chef! Partners

So Chef! partnering with the Department of Basic Education for National Nutrition Week

In celebrating National Nutrition week the Department of Basic Education is teaming up with the French Institute of South Africa to give local learners a taste of French cuisine. This exciting culinary adventure forms part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Embassy in South Africa for collaboration and cooperation in promoting nutrition education in schools.

The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Week (NNW) is "Breakfast: the best way to start your day". It is aimed to promote healthy lifestyles and to demonstrate culinary skills during workshops for learners.

This will enhance the already existing efforts of the DBE through the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) which aims to enhance the learning capacity of learners through the provision of a healthy meal at school. Whilst learners are being provided with nutritious meals, they are also taught to establish and maintain good eating and lifestyle habits for life.

So Chef! brings a piece of Bourgogne- Franche-Comté & Reunion Island to local foodies

This year So Chef! partners again with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region and Reunion Island, helping us promote French gastronomy in Southern Africa.

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region is one of the 13 metropolitan French Provinces. As part of its international policy, it has developed a long-term and cross-sector partnership with the Western Cape Province, mainly in the fields of agriculture, professional training, youth development, culture and economic development. Since 2014, in the field of catering training, it supports the development of trainer and student exchanges between the catering school of Lycée Le Castel (Dijon) and partners from TVET colleges in the Western Cape. This year, the region is partnering with the Lycée Hyacinthe Friant (Poligny).

Located in the Mascarene Archipelago, Reunion Island – a French overseas department – offers travelers the exoticism of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. At the crossroads of European, African and Asian cultures, Reunion is a true melting pot.
Our chef Jean Alexandre Galmar is native from Reunion Island and is currently the executive Chef of the restaurant Au Cherry in Saint Denis, Reunion Island’s administrative capital.

Atout France was established in 2009 to promote the development of French tourism. This objective is pursued through various projects that all contribute to developing the French offer and attractiveness of its destinations, as well as the image and awareness of France throughout the world.

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publié le 08/10/2018

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