How a chef, a plastic surgeon and gourmet food will help burn victims
It's a five-star gastronomic gala event that's full of heart - and it's a big secret
What do one of SA’s top chefs and a plastic surgeon have in common?
They’re both leading players in a one-night-only gastronomic gala event at which every cent raised will be ploughed into the refurbishment and expansion of the burn unit at the Kimberley Hospital in the Northern Cape.
On Sunday, December 16, 100 guests, who have paid between R5,000 and R10,000 to be part of the event, will be transported to a secret location in Cape Town for the inaugural Signature of Hope gala dinner.
The event is the brainchild of plastic surgeon Dr Kamlen Pillay and Sandalene Dale-Roberts, wife of renowned chef Luke Dale-Roberts, whose Cape Town restaurant, The Test Kitchen, is currently rated the best eatery in Africa and features in the world’s top 50.
Dale-Roberts and fellow chefs Freddie Dias, of The Pot Luck Club, Wesley Randles, of The Shortmarket Club, and Ryan Cole, of Salsify, have joined forces to concoct a five-star, multi-course experience, where all money raised will be donated to NGO Signature Hope Trust.
Pillay said the trust will present all of the funds raised from the dinner and an auction on the night to the Avela Foundation and The Smile Foundation.
“These two foundations will be administering the funds to the complete refurbishment and expansion of the burn unit at the Kimberley Hospital,” he said.
Pillay’s thinking behind the event?
“We wanted to create a bespoke event where guests can eat the most amazing dishes on the African continent and raise money for children as well.”
In SA, 68% of children under the age of 14 have suffered burn injuries, and burns are one of the leading external causes of death in children under the age of four.
Dale-Roberts said he was excited about the event.
“It’s an opportunity for us to give back in a meaningful way, while really pushing the boundaries of what we love to do – create and cook and, at the same time, help change our country for the better.”
Guests will be tucking into a number of special dishes, including Mauritian-style lobster with bergamot caviar, lightly smoked market fish with pea and broad bean emulsion, and a Salsify Snickers Bar with malt ice cream.
Among the items that will go under the hammer on the night will be an original photograph of Nelson Mandela in Norway.