Springbok Chefs and SECTION-15 Restaurant takes Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa to new heights.

SA has been showcasing homegrown culinary talent on the Olympian stage for over 40 years. Executive Chef Edward Clegg and Sous Chef Thabang Masango have both donned their green Springbok blazers to represent South Africa’s Team Masakhane in the IKA Culinary Olympics.

Chef Thabang, sous Chef at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa

The first ever IKA (Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung) began in Frankfurt Germany in 1900, where a group of visionary chefs decided a competition is the best forum for sharing information and food techniques with neighboring countries in Europe. Today, 54 countries worldwide are competing for the title of Olympic World Champion in cooking.

Over the years South Africa’s team won many victories, the recognition reflecting the enormous achievements of the South African Chefs Association and growth of the team.

How does one become a springbok chef? It is a complex combination of how much experience you have in the industry and how respected you are. A chef will be chosen to audition for the South African Culinary Team, where previous members will judge you on technical skill, creativity and work ethic. When you’ve passed the ‘cook-off’ you have to go through a rigorous cooking exam and impress the judges at an interview where your dedication and mindset will be questioned.

Chef Edward is passionate and excited to share his knowledge with staff.

We are extremely proud to have not one, but two of these Olympic medalists at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa. Chefs Edward and Thabang are stepping up to the plate and taking Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, 5-star luxury lodge in Limpopo province, to new culinary heights. They have big plans and their appetites for new challenges are only surpassed by their passion for the kitchen! The grand opening of Kilima’s SECTION-15, the unparalleled gourmet bushveld restaurant, will take place on 5 March 2021. We can’t wait to shine the spotlight on their talent and share their unique blend of flavor, expertise and charm with guests. Book your spot at the Chef’s Table for this grand event.

What is a Chef’s Table? Expect to be amazed by a 9-course magical sensory experience with Chef Edward as your narrator, untangling kitchen jargon and highlighting culinary gems on each plate. We are taking bookings for Chef’s Table dinners, so don’t miss out, book your spot and be the first to take part in this taste adventure.

The advantages of having Chef Edward and Chef Thabang at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa flows over to all our bespoke offers, like weddings, year end functions, celebratory events and wellness retreats. In September 2021 Kukura Wellness Spa will be hosting the Soul Revival Retreat, and our Culinary Bokke will put an interesting spin on detox and healthy menu’s.

Be on the lookout for photos and videos, recipes and tricks of the trade shared by our Chefs on social media.

Read the full article on SA’s proud Olympic culinary history here.

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Spekboom is a proudly South African semi arid miracle plant, with the potential to tackle carbon emissions on a large scale.

The UN has dedicated 2020 to raise awareness about plant health and the impact of healthy plants and forests on food security, poverty, economic development, and sustainability.

Combing the amazing Spekboom with the UN’s vision is a no-brainer then. This small leaved phenomenon is taking the world by storm. We believe that by raising awareness and showcasing this wonder plant, we can play a small but significant part in sustainability. So how do we do this? Through a Year End Function Theme!

We recommend The Baobab Deck at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa

This theme is an ode to nature, so it is a must to choose a venue that displays the beauty and abundance of mother nature. Choose a spot that creates space for appreciation and awe. The Baobab Deck is built around a proud 650 year old Baobab that overlooks the Murchison mountain range in Limpopo. This wooden deck is perfect for small to medium gatherings.

The magnificent view from the Baobab Deck

Smart casual is the way to dress. November and December is very hot in the bush and you want your guests to be cool and comfortable. If you want to, ask guests to all dress with something green. It could be an accessory or pair of shoes, as long as some green features in your outfit.

Use Spekboom as your main feature and add lots of greenery. Leaves, branches, wood or bark and natural textures. Wood underplates works beautifully and when paired with shiny cutlery, it brings balance and style. Nothings needs to be over the top, but be mindful of small details, like a Spekboom cutting tied to a white napkin with a green ribbon. Spekboom’ify the podium and any other area of importance with a few Spekboom plants of different sizes in a variety of interesting pots or vases.

Keep it interesting and fresh with a locally sourced produce menu with exciting twists like incorporating spekboom and stinging nettle into the dishes. Have fresh fruit smoothies and vodka fruit ice popsicles for welcoming drinks. A good chef will be able to give expert advice on what is in season and what will work best while also respecting your requirements and budget.

Porkbelly with gooseberry and spekboom pickle

a Spekboom plant in a little pot with care and reproduction instructions. It is very simple to care for a Spekboom and the world needs as much as possible of these little carbon-emitting shrubberies. Encourage guests to make their own cuttings.

The perfect gift, filled to the brim with possibility and significance: The amazing Spekboom

Make it memorable: When you’re at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, take guests on a game drive while the field guide pays special attention to interesting plants and trees seen on the way to the Baobab Deck. This is the perfect way to set the stage for the lovely evening to follow.

Game Drive at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, on your way to the Baobab Deck

Choose 5 to 10 management or staff members to decorate a simple pottery pot before the function. These pots can be used to plant your first Spekboom and will be auctioned at the function. All funds go towards conservation.

It will be our privilege to facilitate and host your Spek’tacular Celebration. Contact us for enquiries and bookings.

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It is that time of the year again. Everyone is searching the internet for ideas and venues for their Year End Function. It is a fun anticipated event planned with great excitement. For some companies, this year will be different. Many tough decisions had to be made in the finances department. Unfortunately making it difficult or impossible to afford the extra cost of a Year End Function.

For other companies, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and all its challenges is something to celebrate. Their managers, directors and CEO’s are proud of their hard working team and they want to boost morale, say thank you and end 2020 on high note. At Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, we acknowledge the tenacity of leaders and companies who pushed through and we share your grateful heart towards staff, clients, suppliers and partners.

You are considering a Year End function because:

1. It is fun;

2. Recognition and reward;

3. It is TAX deductible;

4. It’s an opportunity to imprint leadership values and vision; and

5. Realign the company’s focus.

(Read The Top 5 Reasons to have a Year End Function)

So what is the 2020 Trends and Themes for Year End Functions?

Because we love to serve, we’ve not only supplied you with a Year End Function Offer, but we’ll also share with you 4 amazing Themes for 2020 Year End Functions. Complete with all you need to know so that you can easily arrange an unforgettable event. We’ve searched the internet high and low for inspiration. The same boring themes came up, so we’ve came up with our own 4 unique themes. Every one current and fresh. For the next 4 weeks we’ll shine the spotlight on each theme individually, so that you can decide which one will suit your company the best.

Here’s our 2020 Year End Function Themes:

1. ‘Spek’tacular celebration

The UN has dedicated 2020 to raise awareness about plant health and the impact of healthy plants and forests on food security, poverty, economic development, and sustainability. Go for a game drive, use beautiful greenery and feature the amazing Spekboom into your Year End Function. This theme is light-hearted and informal, but when you close your padlock unto our Baobab Forever Lovelock, under the shade of our 650 year old Baobab, it is magical beyond words!

2. Unmasked Ball

By this time everyone is fed up with the necessary nuisance of facemasks. During your Year End Event, expect NOT to wear one, but drastically dress up for the occasion. We’re talking ballgowns, red carpets and chandeliers. Say goodbye to a challenging year as you sign the Celebration Register at our Star Gazing Deck, and reminisce over everything you’re grateful about.

3. Quarantine Jazz Scene

Jazz never gets old. This classy theme combines good music and good food to result in a great party! Think live jazz band, gorgeous grazing table and laughter all around. On the spectrum of casual to formal, Quarantine Jazz Scene falls 5/8ths towards the latter, making it a fun dress up event for all to enjoy.

4. Cheese and unwind

This wordplay will have you think twice… or rather simultaneously: cheese and wine, AND let’s unwind. Which is exactly what this theme is all about. Unwinding after a difficult year should be highly enjoyable and relaxed. What better way than with a glass of well balanced wine and a selection of quality cheeses? Add a whimsical relaxation experience by Kukura Wellness Spa to ease all the tension.

We are very excited to share our 2020 Year End Themes in detail with you, not only to inspire you, but also to help ease the planning process.

In the meantime, take a look at our 2020 Year End Function Offer and contact us to book your spot as our calendar is filling up quickly!

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