Hastings on Food

2015-06-04 06:00
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The Wild Coast cooking team for the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2015 with their practice dishes (from left) Mandisa Nonkwenkwe, Godfrey Setwe, Ndiphiwe Shusha and Zacharia Maseko.

Photos: supplies The Wild Coast cooking team for the Cape Legends Inter Hotel Challenge 2015 with their practice dishes (from left) Mandisa Nonkwenkwe, Godfrey Setwe, Ndiphiwe Shusha and Zacharia Maseko.

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SALUTATIONS enhanced senses.

We all know or should know that the distinction between triumph and disappointment is a formidable team.

No matter how smart talented or passionate you are if you can’t inspire a team to work together towards a common visionary goal don’t even start. Once everybody is working together as one and collaborates with one another we come to realise that with solidarity and togetherness the most wonderful things can be achieved.

How better to commonly define this is if you have ever had the pleasure of seeing Leonard Cohen on DVD or live (green with envy) you realise that it is not about having the best talent, rather it’s about having the most dedicated and passionate players for their strengths and rhythm resonates in every single note as well as individual styles.

In a nutshell when the heat is on and passions get frayed it’s better to choose forgiveness rather than division.

Recently I witnessed another form of remarkable team work. We hosted a dine-in-the-dark dinner which was orchestrated, managed and served by individuals who were totally blind. I stood in awe seeing how these personalities prepared the room for the function using clips, staples­ , cloth and ties. At the beginning of the evening the MOC, who is blind, addressed the diners by saying I see a lot of familiar faces here this evening whereby breaking the ice and proving beyond doubt that humour conquers all.

The order of events for the evening was that people ate their starters as well as main course in the dark and had to use their other senses to determine what was being served, then when dessert was served the lights were put on dim and people were briefed and shown by myself what they had to eat as well as to how it was presented.

Being in the dark has on occasion its benefits however, dining in the dark brings a lot into perspective. In today’s world we rely upon visual stimulation for most undertakings whether it be on your phone, computer, television or one-on- one interaction. Now imagine that is all removed for a short while, you are compelled to abandon your sight in exchange for relying on your other senses. Your sense of smell is enhanced whereby you become more acutely aware of your surroundings as well as others sharing the experience with you, your taste buds have to distinguish and identify flavours, textures and temperatures.

Certainly at the end of such an experience ones perception and appreciation for the sense of sight are magnified.

Now imagine you lose your sight - how will you cope and how will your life be affected.

The South African National Council for the Blind, established in 1929, facilitates a network of organisations that collaborate towards the prevention of blindness and securing the inclusion of blind and partially sighted people into all aspects of South African society.

The main cause of blindness is uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts thereafter glaucoma and other ailments are responsible.

Blind sports have been elevated in recent years and now instead of chasing after three blind mice, sight-impaired individuals can enjoy swimming, snow skiing, athletics, football, golf and tennis.

In closing try for a couple of hours to be sightless you will benefit from the experience, for how many times must a man look up before he sees the sky. The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.

Hundreds.

BEING IN THE DARK HAS ON OCCASION ITS BENEFITS,

HOWEVER DINNING IN THE DARK BRINGS A LOT INTO

PERSPECTIVE. IN TODAY’S WORLD WE RELY UPON VISUAL STIMULATION FOR MOST

UNDERTAKINGS WHETHER IT BE ON YOUR PHONE,

COMPUTER, TELEVISION OR ONE ON ONE INTERACTION

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