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2015-10-15 15:00

Cape Town – Imagine living in the wild and cooking five star dishes without all the luxuries we’re accustomed to.

That’s exactly what Callie-Anne Gavazzi does in the first locally produced ITV Choice show, Callie-Anne Cooks into the Wild.

With a wood fired stove and conventional cooking tools she has developed a unique, organic rustic style, which may be cooked in the wild, but could be served in a 5 star restaurant.

We chatted to Callie-Anne about her show, her love for cooking and her top tips for a beginner cook.

Will you tell us a bit more about your show and how it came to be?

It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to have a show of my own on TV. The circumstances in which I was living in gave me a great opportunity to film something so different in such a remote and unique place. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere, we don’t have electricity, we don’t have convenient stores. I thought it would be such a fantastic opportunity to give people a taste of what it’s like out there. It has been my life for the past four years. I learnt so much there and I want to share my passion for food in a different way. You can still create fantastic, delicious dishes if you are in the middle of nowhere.

Where does your love for cooking stem from and what’s your biggest inspiration?

My love for cooking stems from my dad, I come from a big family and we always had big Sunday lunches. He has always been a big influence. (Laughs) And I also love eating. I think I ate too much at one point.  I wanted to do something with it not just be somebody tasting and eating food. I wanted to inspire people with the things I wanted to create. My biggest inspiration is Jamie Olivier. I know it might sound cliché but he stands for so much he goes and creates incredible five Michelin star dishes to food for everybody. I love that about him that he can go from Prada to nada. He is inspirational and his food revolution challenged diets. I hope and wish to be able to push that here in Africa we need that more than anything.

What’s the most inventive dish you’ve ever cooked?

It’s a tough one! On the show I used crazy things. In an episode I used crocodile eggs to make a pizza. I don’t want to give too much away. It was a challenging one for me and it worked out very well. The guys loved it!

Have you had any cooking disasters while filming the show?

No disasters just yet. But you never know season two something might just happen. I have had to learn to slow down quite a lot while filming. You get so into the moment and get so excited; you’re grabbing a lemon, cutting up the onions. I have to remember that the guys have to catch all the action on camera.

What’s the best advice you would give for a beginner cook?

Just take things as they come and do it in your own stride and pace. I really want to encourage people to be more confident in the kitchen. I don’t feel that you have to sit there with a recipe book and follow each step at a time just be creative and if you don’t have something it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. That’s what I am bringing viewers. I’m in the middle of the bush I don’t have a conventional stove and oven and I am able to make delicious dishes. The only way you’re going to learn is to try something. I don’t want people to take my recipes literally and do everything that I do; I want them to go wow if she can do it I can too!

Watch a teaser here:

Tune in to Callie-Anne Cooks into the Wild Thursdays at 20:05 on on ITV Choice, (DStv  123).

(Photos: ITV Choice)

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