Bradley is the driving force behind Wicked Food cooking school and its associated blog of the same name. Wicked Food runs daily morning and evening classes throughout the year at their purpose-built cooking studios in and around Johannesburg. Their classes are hands-on, where every person gets to learn new skills by participating in the preparation of the dishes, but also provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests. Let's get to know Bradley a little better:
1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
Currently in Fourways, South Africa, but somedays i wish i was on a beach in Thailand sipping cocktails writing blogs and eating the wonderful food.
2. How long have you been blogging?
About 6 months now got into it when i got back to South Africa (spent a year and a half working in kitchens in the uk) so still learning and what people like and how i can help.
3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?
Its such a new idea – i love food and i love teaching people how to cook so with my blog i now have the means to give people wonderful new ideas and give them a medium to ask questions and try help them with food related dilemmas.
4. Any downsides or frustrations?
Its hard getting followers and getting the name out there and getting a community together- in my ideal world the blog would be my only job and i would be writing and helping people all day.
5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?
Biggest inspiration is probably my parents And then guys that i have worked with in kitchens overseas they always push you on to do better and are always there with a helping hand-when you in a kitchen you become a great team and you become as strong as your weakest link so everyone is there for one another. Chefs who have inspired me: Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal, Reuben Riffel, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
6. Where and when do you like to blog?
In a beach house in Thailand…well thats where i'd like to, but currently blog in my office in Fourways when ever i can.
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
Probably a fresh Thai green curry made from fresh (even the curry paste) with chicken, with a sweet mango rice dessert.
9. Favourite restaurant?
At the moment its Seemanns (they have opened a restaurant attached to their shop in Worldwear). They do the best ribs in town and very good value for money. The Curry Corner in Sunninghill does really good currys with waiting staff who know what they talking about.
10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…
I can't remember the name right now but while spending 3 months back-packing in South-East Asia we found this great little place in Vietnam and they sold two varieties of this dish – one was in a fried wonton and the other in a rice paper form the recipe is that similar to cola whereas only one family has the recipe and it cannot be bought for love or money…. Itwas amazing just thinking about it makes me want to go and get it.