December 2015 - Christmas in Mauritius!

In December I had the pleasure of heading back to the island of Mauritius to launch the Pop Up of my Southampton based Mauritian Street Kitchen - Lakaz Maman (which literally means Mum’s House in Creole, the language spoken on the island). It was a great honour to work alongside the incredible team at Four Seasons Resort Anahita on the East Coast of the Island. I worked alongside the Michelin starred and award winning Chef Nicolas Vienne, who leads the team at Four Seasons as Executive Chef. I had the honour of working alongside him on a series of Pop Up events, focussing on introducing my unique take on Mauritian Street Food which will be featured at my soon to launch restaurant Lakaz Maman www.lakazmaman.com 

We started the week by hosting a wonderful cooking class with a number of guests at the resort teaching them to secrets behind mauritian spices and flavours, followed by a instagrammer event, giving the opportunity for mauritian based Instagrammers to watch me cook up 5-6 typical Mauritian dishes adding my own twists along the way. The setting for this event was in the backdrop of the resorts beautiful private beach and I was cooking whilst the waves were splashing on the shores and the palm trees swaying in the background. It was the most pleasurable cooking demonstrations to date just by the scenery alone! I also cooked up some delicious canap├ęs on a special Zilwa night hosted at the lovely restaurant Bambou, serving up street food to guests whilst they experienced true Mauritian hospitality with an array of Mauritian food and entertainment provided on the night. Towards the end of my stay, we filmed with MBC (Mauritian Broadcasting Company) on a unique cookery slot called “Zilwa Gourmet” in which I cooked up some delicious BBQ Ombrine (local fish) on the BBQ and a simple twist on a classic dessert we call Poutou. I ended my work trip with a book signing and cooking demonstration at BookCourt Bagatelle the leading bookstore in Mauritius. It was one of the most enjoyable work trips I’ve had to date, as I have to say, working in Mauritius and staying at the Four Seasons as my home from home, definitely made the stresses of work in the UK seem like a distant memory. I gave myself time to unwind as well, so I enjoyed the spa facilities, ate ice cream on the beach and dipped my toes in the water. The plunge pool in my apartment also came in handy when temperatures were exceeding 36 degrees. So all in all, a lovely work trip. I returned to the UK invigorated and inspired armed with new recipes, new techniques and memories of the island that will propel me into the next hectic few months of this year, as I get prepared for the launch of my very own restaurant here in the uk. Stay tuned for more information on the opening, I can’t wait to share my food with you all! Until next time… xxx

PS - I’ve attached the MBC programme so for any Mauritian Creole speakers out there I apologise for my accent, you have to remember I learnt Creole in the UK so it is my version of BritCreole!