I love cooking shows! Okay, okay as a ‘professional eater’ I pretty much love anything that has to do with food but there’s nothing better than relaxing on the couch, glass of wine in hand and watching a talented chef whip up incredible food. Watching a chef elegantly waft around a kitchen is the best type of theater for me and I’m sure many foodies would agree. Which is why I am completely enamored with a new local cooking show on the block – Neill Anthony – The Private Chef. It’s unlike any cooking show you’ve ever seen and it’s a serious must-watch! Here are 3 reasons you should be watching this fabulous new show.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a pairing lunch with Neill Anthony and Distell recently so I can vouch that his food is absolutely incredible. Neill whipped up some rather unique and fabulous dishes for lunch including the best Panna Cotta in the history of ever! Neill also gave us a taste of some of the dishes featured on the show like the Crispy Risotto Bon Bons. I’ve included pictures from our lunch throughout this article so you can see the brilliance for yourself.

Crispy Risotto Bon Bons

Crispy Risotto Bon Bons

1. It’s not your typical cooking show:

There’s no doubt about it, local TV is a whole lot tastier with Neill Anthony! The new series offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes view of the life of a private chef. Foodies will get a glimpse into the homes of Neill’s prestigious clients, socialite friends, and fun-loving acquaintances. Each episode follows Neill to a different location where he whips up creative and delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners for his clients. There are no step-by-step recipe guides to follow during the show, instead you get to watch Neill in action and learn a thing or two from the incredible chef.

Biscuit yoghurt Panna Cotta, passion fruit and honeycomb

Biscuit yoghurt Panna Cotta with passion fruit and honeycomb

2. It’s local but with a touch of international flair:

I love that the show is set in cosmopolitan South Africa and features local celebs and clients. Neill features ingredients that any South African foodie can get their hands on and whips up dishes that speak to the South African pallet. I also love that the show has a bit of international flair to it – Neill has cooked all over the world for clients like Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Elton John and more and so brings with him some truly international food trends you won’t see anywhere else. Local clients on the show include guests like Liezel van der Westhuize, Katlego Maboe and Francois Pienaar.

Slow roast lamb rump

Slow roast lamb rump

3. It’s a fabulously quick bite of foodie culture in South Africa:

Each 26-minute episode begins in Neill’s contemporary modern loft apartment in the heart of Cape Town before he heads out to source the freshest local ingredients for that day’s event. As I said, you won’t get full step-by-step recipes on the show but Neill gives viewers some incredible cooking tips as he works. From finding out where Neill buys his meat and other sourcing secrets to how to whip up the perfect farm-style breakfast fry-up I’ve learned so much from the episodes I’ve watched so far and I can’t wait to see what pearls of cooking wisdom Neill drops next!

The 13-part TV series is currently airing on SABC 3, Sundays at 16:30 with a repeat every Friday at 15:00. 

For more exciting recipes and tips from Neill visit Neill’s website, follow @NeillAnthony on Twitter and say Hi to Neill Anthony on Facebook.