Food & Wine

African fare with flair

African fare with flair

Sometimes it’s nice to venture out a little and experience delicious delights from restaurants and eateries outside of the North Coast. If this appeals to you then we strongly urge you to try celebrity chef Jackie Cameron’s new Midlands café.

From delectable, three-course African-inspired breakfasts to scrumptious high teas . . . guests visiting The School Outlet, situated at Jackie Cameron’s School of Food & Wine in Hilton, are in for a gastronomic treat.

Jackie, one of the most respected chefs in KwaZulu-Natal, and the country, opened her school in 2015. The school offers students an intense, 18-month internationally-recognised course, which allows them to work alongside and learn from Jackie daily.

Her newest venture, which opened in May this year, is a collaboration between Jackie and one of her top students, Kate Cousins, the top practical student in the School’s first intake.

“I am extremely excited to have Chef Kate as part of the team,” says Jackie. “She graduated in 2016 with top marks for the final practical dinner and in-service placement and took Deltrade Top Patisserie Practical Chef Award. I trust her completely with our new project, which is entirely her ‘baby’, and I look forward to our regular and new clients getting to know her.”

Jackie says The School Outlet is a relaxed, daytime eatery where patrons can linger a while and indulge in decadent, creative, African-inspired breakfasts and a range of other delectable dishes.

“The three-course menu comprises simple breakfast concepts of the highest possible standard, cooked with butter, free-range eggs, KwaZulu-Natal traditional stone-ground flour, SASSI green-listed fish, hormone-free meats, locally-grown fruit and vegetables,” says Jackie.

There are also irresistibly oozy Umsobo jam donuts and naartjie custard slices – and everything is made with locally sourced produce. “Guests can expect true heritage KwaZulu-Natal cuisine that highlights seasonal, local ingredients with new-age elegance. And quality is paramount.”

The School Outlet also has unusual, delicious produce on sale, with Chef Kate on hand to advise on servicing and using the items. Think school-made, charcoal-ash mayonnaise, duck confit, freshly-flavoured oil, hand-churned butter, edible flower cordials, proper Asian ferments, soufflé bases, artisanal-bread starters, Esposito cured meats, tallows and glossy stock.

There will also be a range of high quality products available for purchase from Jackie’s selection of preferred suppliers, including Wüsthof knives, Ardmore ceramics, Weber braai accessories, Riedel glassware and Wonderbags, amongst others.

All-day breakfasts are served from Wednesdays to Sundays from 8am until 2pm, and if you stay a little longer you can enjoy a delicious high tea with scrumptious cream scones and bubbly to finish off the day.

Details: 033 343 1784/


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