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.
Channel24:Will you tell us a bit more about your show and how it came to be?
Callie-Anne: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.
Channel24:Where does your love for cooking stem from and what’s your biggest inspiration?
Callie-Anne: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.
Channel24:What’s the most inventive dish you’ve ever cooked?
Callie-Anne: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!
Channel24:Have you had any cooking disasters while filming the show?
Callie-Anne: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.
Channel24:What’s the best advice you would give for a beginner cook?
Callie-Anne: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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