Experience the most perfect evening on 13 May
Guests will be treated to a delicious feast, prepared by well-known Kokkedoor judge Chef Nic van Wyk, paired with wines selected by Plaisir de Merle Cellar Master Niel Bester. The dinner will be served at the historic Manor House at 18:30 for 19:00.
Limited spaces at the table are available at R595pp, four course dinner and wine included. Call 021 874 1071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Plaisir de Merle is located in Simondium on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek.
Chef, Nic van Wyk, known for South African flavours, and his role on Kyknet’s Kokkedoor as judge, among other things, will be focusing on his new partnership with Haute Cabriere wine farm, and the upcoming Kyknet Kokkedoortjie kids’ cooking programme airing in April 2017.
His time at Bistro 13 has had a good run in the press over the years, as well as Nic’s Eat Out 2016 dish showcase.
A keen sportsman, in his earlier years with English county cricket, Nic now spends his free time in the saddle, exploring the greater Western Cape on his mountain bike and improving his golf game.
Classically trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, Nic co-founded Terroir Restaurant in 2006, then voted Eat Out Best Restaurant in South Africa. Nic also proved his mettle at La Colombe with Franck Dangereux, and travelled overseas before returning to Kleine Zalze Lodge where he spent four years. Nic then joined Diemersdal Wine Farm, to open the renowned Diemersdal Eatery in an old converted barn. In October 2016 Nic proudly announced his partnership with Haute Cabriere Restaurant, and currently heads up the kitchen with Chef Westley Muller as his side.
Nic is a guild member for the South African Brandy Foundation, the youngest member to date, for his use and appreciation for South African brandy- fondly called Fire Water in South Africa. His recipes featured in the coffee table book of the same name.
Nic’s TV career started in 2013 with the first season of Kokkedoor, an Afrikaans reality cooking show screened on Kyknet. The show’s concept is taking home cooks and professional chefs, using both skill sets as they are partnered up to create and reinvent vernacular food- food with nostalgia, reinvented to celebrate South African food. Nic was co-judge on the show. Nic’s association with the brand has taken him far and wide in South Africa, from well known places to the lesser know, hosting pop-up restaurants and participating in festivals and hosting demos. In April 2017, the debut of the Kokkedoor off-spin, Kokkedoortjie airs. This show follows a similar concept, but sees Nic and co judge Mari-Louis Guy, working with kids ages 9-13, in the kitchen.
Nic has a penchant for peasant food – from Provence and North Africa to the Little Karoo – to which he brings a modern sensibility. An advocate for seasonal eating long before it was fashionable, he looks to the freshly grown, the just-harvested and local treasures for inspiration.
Even though he has access to the world’s finest ingredients, explored haute cuisine and travelled the world, the dish he yearns for most is his grandma’s sweet and sour liver with onions on toast.