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Karen Dudley (L) in the new series, ‘I’ll Bring the Wine’. Image: Supplied

WATCH: ‘I’ll Bring the Wine’ to explore SA cuisine like you’ve never seen

‘I’ll Bring The Wine’ is a brand new five-part series hosted by the acclaimed South African food writer and restaurateur, Karen Dudley.

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Karen Dudley (L) in the new series, ‘I’ll Bring the Wine’. Image: Supplied

Take a pinch of Chef’s Table, add a dash of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, then a large helping of Mzansi magic, and you have the quintessential ingredients for a show like no other. Yes, I’ll Bring The Wine is a brand new five-part series presented by Nederburg.

I’ll Bring The Wine | About the new series starring Karen Dudley

Hosted by acclaimed South African food writer and restaurateur, Karen Dudley, each episode profiles a celebrated chef, a traditional South African dish (in a way you’ve never imagined), and of course, the ideal wine to pair it with. 

About more than just food

Traversing between far-flung corners of the country, iconic Paarl wine cellar and Durban’s inner-city spice markets – I’ll Bring The Wine is a series about more than just food. It explores and honours the unsung places, people, and heritage behind SA cuisine. 

“For years and years, we’ve been looking to other people and places to express our identity, often feeling a little awkward about our indigenous dishes,” says Karen.

“In this show, we step outside of categories and definitions, and celebrate everything that we are and have to offer as South Africans. It’s deep, it’s diverse, and it’s always delicious.” 

Take the first episode of I’ll Bring The Wine for example much-loved chef Mmabatho Molefe (named Taste Magazine’s Chef to Watch in 2020) not only takes Karen on a poignant journey back to her roots in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

She also succeeds in giving classic Nguni cuisine a dramatic contemporary makeover (think chicken feet terrine with onion caviar). 

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A dramatic contemporary makeover

“I loved getting to know Mmabatho,” reflects Karen. “She has this incredible combination of courage and vulnerability that stems from her deep love and understanding of her culture, coupled with her desire to present this culture in an authentic yet exceptional way to the rest of the world.

“As you see, she pulls it off with poise and aplomb!” 

Like the dishes on display, each paired wine reflects the same fusion of tradition, innovation, and unique South African flair. 

“It takes a special discipline, restraint and imagination to honour tradition while adding another dimension,” comments Nederburg winemaker, Zinaschke Steyn. 

Uniting Mzansi’s rich tapestry of people

Inspired by Nederburg’s Double Barrel Reserve, it would seem the show itself seeks to do a similar kind of blending – uniting Mzansi’s rich tapestry of people, places and flavours like you’ve never seen, felt or tasted before.  

Check out Episode 1 on the Nederburg YouTube channel now, and be sure to tune in on 29 November for Episode 2, when a Midlands classic gets a serious makeover. 

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