He’s taken local TV by storm, got many home cooks swooning and drooling over his delicious dishes and has become the most sort after Private Chef in South Africa; Neill Anthony is on Cooking up Inspiration this month. YAY!
It can be challenging to get an interview with chefs, let alone TV ones, and I have to say Neill Anthony has been the most friendly, easy to get in touch with and efficient at getting back to me! As I take note of his Twitter feed, I can confidently say he is a humble and friendly person with fans! For us foodie fans these little things make a huge impact, after all we invite these TV chefs in our homes regularly!
Fans all know that Neill Anthony has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Alyn Williams, but we don’t know much of how his career started, let alone what inspired him into this foodie journey, more importantly as ‘THE’ Private Chef in South Africa. Neil shares, “Becoming a chef is all I ever wanted to do; my family is a big foodie family, so I was inspired from a very early age to cook.”
Before making his mark in South Africa, Neill went overseas to London, and within his 11 year stay managed to work with some of London’s finest Chefs. “Alyn Williams from Alyn Williams at the Westbury is my major professional influence,” says Neill. Throughout his stay there, Neill notes some of his career highlights, “Getting my first job with Gordon Ramsay was a major part in my career, cooking for Madonna was very cool, and being a part of the team that cooked at Kensington Palace for the 2012 Summer Games are some of my career highlights.”
Returning to South Africa, Neill wanted to embark on starting a career as a Private Chef, and ‘dishes out’ a little of how his Private Chef series began. “I developed a relationship with Okuhle Media through being on Sarah Grahams show, and thereafter we shot a pilot for my Private Chef idea which is now airing on SABC 3. I get to cook in some of the most amazing homes in the world for tourists visiting and for locals!” says Neill.
Neill Anthony clearly shows us that being passionate and working hard at creating your dream in the foodie world pays off. Get to know more about Neill from the quick questions below and try out his delicious Tomato soup with toasted cheese recipe, which was taken from his website. (Pssst… There are loads more recipes on there in case you were wondering; go have a look www.neillanthony.com).
1. What is your favourite family home cooked meal and who cooks it the best?
My Mom’s macaroni cheese
2. Best cooking advice you ever received and who gave it to you.
Richard Corrigan telling me to keep it simple
3. What advice would you like to give budding chefs or food obsessed home cooks like myself?
Know where your ingredients come from and keep your kitchen immaculately clean while cooking.
4. If you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to play golf when possible and I am a huge football fan so I try never to miss a game
5. What is your favourite kitchen appliance?
I have some amazing custom made knives, I love my Bamix kitchen Aid Vita Mix and I can’t live without my Nespresso.
6. What is your motto in the kitchen?
Keep it simple.
Keep it clean.
7. Who is your chef hero?
8. Complete this sentence: Food is…
Roasted tomato soup with toasted cheese
10 roasted plum tomatoes
2 cups tomato juice
splash hot sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
80ml olive oil
4 cloves peeled whole garlic
3 sliced sweet potato bread
Salt and Pepper
Soft butter for bread
7/8 slices LW cheese – edam and cheddar
- Add olive oil to hot pan
- Roast garlic in oilve oil
- Add roasted tomatoes to garlic then add tomato juice and hot sauce
- Simmer till warmed through (5min)
- Add to blener and blend, add oilve oil and sugar whilst blending
- Season to taste then pass through sieve
- Butter slices of bread and season
- Add cheese slices between bread
- Assemble sandwhich
- Place on hot press to toast
Pour soup out of pot and enjoy with hot toasted cheese.