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The Cookery by The Secret Jozi Chef

As an absolute foodie, one of my favourite pastimes is cooking up a storm in the kitchen and if you follow me on social media, you would know that if I could spend every minute of my day cooking, then I would.

So when I attended a Women’s Health Magazine event at The Cookery, I knew that I would find my happy place. I get to cook while sipping on bubbly and I get to socialise. All I can really say is this place was made for me.

When I met Paul Maciel for the very first time, I was completely starstruck. During the course of the evening we got to chatting and he told me his story and all he ended up doing was igniting my passion for cooking. Paul started out as the owner of a well known Jozi restaurant Pronto in 2004. Twelve years later he sold Pronto and launched his blog The Secret Jozi Chef as well as his cooking school, The Cookery. I chatted to Paul about my weightloss journey and I clearly remember him saying, “Eat whatever you want, as long as you make it yourself”. I never thought about food that way, but it made absolute sense. The Secret Jozi Chef strongly believes that the real chefs in the world are home cooks.

The Cookery is a venue where foodies converge to cook, learn and socialise. Irrespective of whether you can cook or not, you are guaranteed to have an uber fun experience. I always meet the most amazing and interesting people at The Cookery which makes for a fabulous time.

The kitchen is equipped with state of the art appliances and equipment that will make any cooks’ heart sing. Can you say Kitchenaid and Whirlpool?!?! Events are theme based and advanced bookings are essential. The Cookery can cater for up to 20 people per lesson. Lessons are super relaxed, entertaining and just pure magic. Paul is supported by his fabulous team who are beyond friendly and helpful. Paul, Emilio, Sicelo and Carlos operate with such ease and precision that they make the entire experience one that will keep bringing you back time and time again. Trust me on this, I speak from experience as I aim to visit The Cookery at least once a month. So, if you haven’t experienced The Cookery by The Secret Jozi Chef I highly recommend you put it at the the top of your list of things to experience in Jozi.

The month of May sees The Cookery celebrate 2 years of all-round amazingness. To Paul and his fabulous team, I sincerely wish you the very best and I look forward to making many, many more amazing memories with you. Thank you for giving of yourselves so generously and for just being truly wonderful people. Your love for food and people is contagious and I’m left in awe after each and every visit.

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The Rock Diner

When I asked my son where he would like to go to celebrate his 10th birthday he chose The Rock Diner. This is a casual diner-style restaurant with a traditional diner-style menu.

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A man-size meal equals one happy and excited 10-year-old

Their killer beef or pork ribs and uber delish burgers are to die for, and pretty much explains why a 10-year-old would choose a diner instead of a kid friendly restaurant.

Their chicken ‘Excalibur’ is a popular item on their menu and definitely my fav dish at The Rock Diner, but this time around I tried their baby chicken. Now let me just tell you that there is nothing baby about their chicken. In fact all their meals are overly generous portions, and having to feed two growing young men makes this the ideal place to eat out.

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The Excalibur

The Rock Diner has a variety of dishes that will cater to almost everyone’s needs and tastes, and is accompanied with an extensive drink list. Their desserts are to die for and the creme brulee was our favourite. I honestly can’t stop raving about their food.

The decor is chic and rather impressive for a so-called “diner”. It presents a very comfy and chilled atmosphere, with branches open in Design Quarter & Kyalami Corner. Menu’s vary slightly between the two locations with the “Fallen Ice-Cream” only being available at Design Quarter. I guess I will need to make my way over there to try it out.

The staff get a 10 out of 10 as far as I am concerned. Everyone is super attentive and friendly. They were especially great with the kids and is also another reason my kids love going there.

And if all this wasn’t enough to entice you to make your way to The Rock Diner, then how about their weekly specials. Mondays and Thursday their 1kg of ribs sells for an impressive R129. On Sundays all burgers are half price between 4pm-8pm. Lastly, you still have the option of making us of your Entertainer App. So there are no real excuses. Definitely a restaurant worth trying out.