Learn from the best Chef's around and make that continental or local dish.

There are cooks and there are chefs. Chefs take cooking to the next level and turn a plain meal to a gourmet dish. From the imaginative presentation to the unique combination of flavours, they make the culinary journey exciting and pleasurable. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend lots of money and time in culinary school to learn the tricks of the trade. Some of these chefs have decided to share their secrets to millions of people through their television shows. Here are four shows not to miss.

1. Barefoot Contessa

Celebrity chef Ina Garten invites you to her home in the Hamptons as she treats her family and guests to mouthwatering dishes on her award winning show Barefoot Contessa. Focusing on local and fresh produce, Ina transforms everyday ingredients to sumptuous and hearty meals. And she goes beyond the cooking and shows you how to throw great parties in the comfort of your home with tips on decoration and entertainment.

Watch Barefoot Contessa every Saturday at 10:00 on Food Network (Dstv ch. 175)

2. Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

Gordon Ramsay needs little or no introduction, the popular Scottish chef has been delighting TV audiences for years with his different shows. In Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, Chef Ramsay breaks it down and makes cooking easy. Aimed at the modern cook, each episode is themed and packed with tricks and tips. From working with new spices to presentation guides, Chef Ramsay brings out the chef in you in a simple step by step fashion.

Watch Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course every Monday at 19:00 on BBC Lifestyle (Dstv ch.174

3. Siba’s Table

Siba Mtongana invites you to her home in Cape Town as she prepares rich fusion food for her family and friends. Combining her love for tradition South African cuisine and contemporary cooking, her warm personality and “Va Va Voom” approach makes her a delight to watch and learn from.  A food writer and food stylist, Siba’s got the full package and that is what makes Siba’s Table a must-watch for aspiring chefs.

Watch Siba’s Table every Friday at 19:00 on Food Network (Dstv ch. 175)

4. Guy’s Big Bite

Guy Fieri bursted on to the food scene when he won the second season of Next Food Network Star and since then, it’s been up, up, up for the infectious TV personality with spiky hair. In Guy’s Big Bite, he invites you to his home as he prepares fusion food for his family. With his own wood fired oven and a garden full of fresh herbs and vegetables, Guy’s family members help out in preparing the meals. Expect creative dishes like Bloody Mary steaks, sangria shrimp, cedar-grilled salmon and the list goes on. Each dish combines his love for flavor and adventure. 

Watch Guy’s Big Bite every Saturday at 11:00 on Food Network (Dstv ch. 175)


By Isabella Akinseye