African Relish

Posted on Wed April 1, 2020 in Things to do in Prince Albert.

African Relish is a Recreational cooking school in the Karoo town of Prince Albert in the Western Cape, South Africa. Select a themed half or full day cooking class. Experience South African produce, cuisine, luxury accommodation and enjoy African Relish either as a stand-alone destination or part of an extended foodie tour.

African Relish runs two basic course types throughout the year. Anytime cooking courses, like Karoo Classics or Vegetarian, are half or full day and easy to book on short notice. Scheduled weekend courses with invited chefs such as Neil Jewell, Nina Timm and Stef Marais, include longer culinary and special interest retreats like the popular Cycle tour or Yoga retreat.



African Relish comprises Langhuis which is the original 19th century building, the contemporary culinary hall built in 2009, the olive grove and vegetable garden. Sympathetic to the design elements of vernacular Karoo architecture, the school serves as kitchen, classroom, dining area and lounge. An olive orchard and herb garden provide a backdrop for the many functions hosted at African Relish and supported by the school staff. The venue has attracted many compliments for its aesthetically pleasing environment where our guests spend the most part of their culinary adventures



The Langhuis is 200 years old.  Originally two buildings with a common “solder”, it now makes up The African Relish Café, the office and laundry.



The culinary hall where the cooking classes take place was built in 2009.  It was designed by Tony Abate of Team Architects. Working together with the SA Heritage Society he delivered a beautiful building in sympathy with the Karoo vernacular and efficient in its application as a cooking venue.

Owner of the now famous Hemelhuijs restaurant in Cape Town, Jacques Erasmus together with Lisa Key was responsible for the interior design and kitchen layouts. Jacques often returns to hold classes and his sauce making and Flavours of the East are well attended.



The cooking school flower beds were established by local resident Ann Carr, these along with our seasonal vegetable and herb gardens are maintained by our local team and nourished by the perennial stream that runs in canals through the town. Together with produce from various town residents, we are assured of an abundance of fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Our cottage Akkedis boasts a beautiful Karoo succulent garden.



Their shop with deli items and frozen take-aways will remain open from 09h00 until 18h00, and they will be stocking up on popular frozen meals. Frozen meals available – meatballs in tomato sauce, chicken pie, lasagne, vegetarian lasagne, pumpkin fritters, and more. Wine selection and craft beers, available at retail prices in the deli shop, will only be available until 18h00.

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