Lust Bistro Winter Baking Course

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Lust Bistro, the ever-popular bistro and bakery on Vrede en Lust Estate that has long captivated foodies with its innovative and delicious offerings, now presents an exciting opportunity for aspiring master bakers to learn the skills of the art over a three-day baking course in the idyllic rustic surrounds of the Franschhoek countryside.

Jean-Pierre Smith, expert baker and owner of multi award-winning Lust Bistro, has a passion for sharing his culinary knowledge acquired through years of experience in the finest kitchens, both locally and abroad. Trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, where he also spent time as a lecturer, JP honed his talent working with esteemed chefs such as Matthew Gordon at Haute Cabrière, Frank Zlomke at Grande Roche and confectioner Kees Beyers at Beyers Chocolates. He also co-owned and ran a successful patisserie and artisan bakery in Franschhoek and Johannesburg respectively.

JP’s hands-on baking course takes place over 3 days in the convivial kitchen at Lust Bistro, and includes two nights’ accommodation in Vrede en Lust’s spectacular Vineyard Suites, as well as all daily meals for the duration of the course. Also included in the package is an artisan baking kit, consisting of a custom Lust Bistro apron, a Brötform basket (German imported proofing chamber for bread) and all baking ingredients amongst others.

Course participants will learn to make artisan breads and pastries like ciabatta, sourdough and croissants, step-by-step under the helpful guidance of Chef JP. He will also present an informative lecture on the technical aspects of baking, and share practical tips such as the differences between wood-fired and gas/electrical oven baking. In between baking sessions, time will also be set aside for entertaining activities such as a tour of the estate and winery, wine tasting and dinner at one of the area’s many acclaimed restaurants.

The upcoming Winter Baking Course at Lust Bistro, Vrede en Lust will take place from Tuesday to Thursday on the following dates: 7-9 June, 12-14 July, and 2-4 August 2016. Reservations for any of these sheduled course dates can be made at reservations@lustbistro.com or 021 874 1456. Costs are R6 500 per person, including the course, all course material, accommodation and meals. For couples or 2 persons sharing a room, a special all-inclusive fee of R11 500 is offered.

Live your love of baking and expand your culinary horizons at Lust Bistro this winter, and book for this unique winelands food experience without delay. Availability is limited.


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