Matt Manning is certainly no average chef, having shared a kitchen with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, and Alyn Williams. As well as being a celebrated private chef, he’s also the founder of One Ingredient — a pop-up, interactive dinner experience that aims to showcase the versatility of a single ingredient across an ever-changing, five-course menu.
Le Lude MCC Estate
This picturesque French-style estate in Franschhoek specialises in Cap Classique, and is one of my absolute favourite spots to spend the afternoon when I feel like getting out of the city. I recommend ringing ahead to arrange a private cellar tasting with winemaker Paul Gerber, who will endear himself to you with his patience, knowledge, and passion for bubbly. Then stay for a delicious lunch in the conservatory-style dining room with its charming checkered floors and French windows, while you share a bottle (or three) of the elegant Cuvée. lelude.co.za
If you want to wow your dinner guests, paying attention to your table setting is worth the effort — after all, you want the decor and details to do the food justice. I sincerely recommend investing in Setamono Tableware: it has the most exquisite crockery I have ever seen — and as a chef I’ve seen a fair bit of crockery! setamonotableware.com
Book a One Ingredient dinner. Hosted by yours truly, this interactive, pop-up, monthly dining experience is designed for those who are as excited about what goes in to creating a beautiful dish, as they are about eating it. Each month, an ingredient is selected and featured across five different courses, each carefully paired with a premium wine. Only 20 seats are available per dinner, keeping the experience intimate but very festive.