January brought with it some pretty wet weather for this time of year although nothing to compare with the UK’s deluge and especially the flooding happening around my home area of the Somerset Levels.
The rain here is dependent on the southerly trade winds which push the moist air off the sea onto the high ground which creates a fine misty rain very similar to the type which prevails in Scotland. The air temperature at this time of year here however runs between 18 and 24 centigrade which is pretty pleasant.
We invited a guest chef from South Africa to visit the island as part of the Hospitality Upskilling project.
Francois Ferriera has two culinary academies in South Africa and is the National President of the National Balliage d’Afrique du Sud de Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the oldest international Gourmand Societies in the world. He has also written cookery books and appears regularly on South African TV.
Francois last visited St Helena in 1999 and was very keen to reacquaint himself with the island.
The programme included a variety of demonstration evenings covering, fast food, party catering, Spices and Masalas, Olive Oil, local produce and fish cookery.
He also spent the two weeks working with our students, offering valuable feedback and training.