TV tonight: Gordon Ramsay cooks in KZN with Zola Nene

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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay with our very own Zola Nene. Picture: Supplied
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay with our very own Zola Nene. Picture: Supplied


Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has a new season of Uncharted out, which airs tonight at 9pm on National Geographic (DStv channel 181).

South African audiences are in for a treat as the first episode takes place here and sees the chef cooking with our very own Zola Nene in KwaZulu-Natal.

Uncharted is all about Ramsay experiencing authentic local flavours from around the world, and this episode sees the pair cook up a culinary feast for a local Zulu chief.

Their creations include braai’d fish, ushatini, pap and steak, ujeqe and chakalaka.

Here’s what Nene had to say about working with the British chef:

How did you feel when you were approached to feature on the show with Gordon Ramsay?

When I first started speaking to the production team about the show, I actually had no idea which show it was. I was just excited that they wanted to come and explore South Africa, more specifically KZN, my birth province.

So when I eventually found out that it was Unchartered with Gordon Ramsay, my excitement level reached fever pitch. The opportunity to work on a world-class show with a world-class chef is definitely a career highlight for me.

What was your first impression of Ramsay?

My first impression was: “Wow, he’s really tall!”

He was so lovely and warm when we met for the first time, really personable and engaging.

I am a proud Zulu girl, so I’m always excited to share my culture, heritage and cuisine with people.
Zola Nene

What did the two of you cook together? And where?

We cooked a few dishes together in KZN...

We had a fish braai with ushatini (tomato and onion salsa) ... [and made ujeqe, chakalaka, and pap and steak on the braai too.

Zulu cuisine was featured strongly on this episode. How do you feel about this? And what are the signature features of the cuisine?

I am a proud Zulu girl, so I’m always excited to share my culture, heritage and cuisine with people. The main features of Zulu cuisine, I would say, are simplicity, beef (we are traditionally cattle farmers, after all) and maize in all forms – samp, pap and umbila (mealies on the cob).

What was the highlight of working on this episode for you?

The entire experience was a highlight – from working with the production team, who are all so brilliant at what they do, the amount of research that went into creating the episode is incredible, to the crew, such a fun bunch and so professional.

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The visuals that they are able to capture left me in absolute awe. Of course Gordon was amazing to work with and cook with.

We had such fun filming, cooking and eating. Cooking for the chief was also an amazing experience; such an honour to cook for such a revered member of the community. I enjoyed every single moment of the entire experience.


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