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Luxury travel tip – YOU be in charge of what you eat

Gal-designed dish cooked to perfection by Garth Shnier

Gal-designed dish cooked to perfection by Garth Shnier

Simply Sunday. The horror of travelling as much as the gal does is to hear that ‘the chef has designed a special menu for you’.  No, dear reader, YOU and not the chef needs to be in charge.  Let me give you an example.  The other night, I will not say where, I was having a fabulous diner-à-deux with a dear friend.  We chose starter and main course.  At a private table nearby a group of media, whom I knew, were being entertained and they, poor things, were given an EIGHT COURSE menu chosen by the chef (apparently after four courses they all gave up).

My good marks go to a true culinarian like Garth Shnier at Sandton Sun in Johannesburg.  The guy I was with is only eating fats and proteins, nothing from below ground.  No problem.  Garth produced three lamb cutlets, a buttery sauce, broccoli and a purée of cauliflower.  I looked at his printed menu, designed my own – see the result.  Thank you Garth, and may all luxury hotels be as understanding as you.