Local restaurant is changing the game with rustic food

If rustic food is the new trend then we want in! #WeekendBreakfast host Aubrey chats to Chef James Diack, owner of Il Contadino about his fourth eatery and the reason it's changing the food game.

The name Il Contadino means the farmer and since we opened it 5 years ago, myself and my mother have been working tirelessly to make sure that all the food that we do serve, comes as much as possible off our farm.

Chef James Diack, Owner of Il Contadino

James jokingly states that his wife says his fourth eatery should be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’ - he decided to opt for Il Contadino, which embodies the spirit of season-focused, farm-to-table style.

Opened in October 2017, Il Contadino is nestled in the heart of Parktown North and serves farm-inspired meals. Dishes are fresh, simple and rustic - with most of the ingredients sourced from his family’s farm in the Magaliesburg. I want you to walk out and think about the taste of the food, not about how pretty the plate was says the chef.

I’ve learnt that there’s beauty in simplicity.

Chef James Diack, Owner of Il Contadino

All four of James’ restaurants offer something different: Coobs is more of a refined, elegant and cultured dining experience, The National has a neighbourhood dining away from home feel, Il Contandino is the perfect pick me up spot for coffee, a light lunch or even after-work drinks, and The Federal is his take on a New York-style diner.

I try and keep my restaurants almost as close together as possible because I do have a hand in the kitchen at every restaurant every day. It’s where I guarantee that you are getting what I produce and we are super proud of it.

Chef James Diack, Owner of Il Contadino

Chef James states that he thinks most chefs have a paralysis by analysis attitude towards their plating.

Guys overwork the plate and I think what we try to produce throughout my group, is honesty of food and honesty of ingredient.

Chef James Diack, Owner of Il Contadino

Short Rib & Polenta Prepared by Chef James Diack | Il Contadino

Wild Boar Ragu Prepared by Chef James Diack | Il Contadino

Chef James Diack Owner of Il Contadino

Full audio in the link below...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Local restaurant is changing the game with rustic food


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Creativity is not respected... People take but don't credit - Nompumelelo Mqwebu

Creativity is not respected... People take but don't credit - Nompumelelo Mqwebu

Author of 'Through the Eyes of An African Chef', Nompumelelo Mqwebu, chats about some of the challenges she's faced in her career.

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

In this segment of the Current Affairs with Coconut Kelz, satirical comedian Lesego Thlabi channels Kelz to chat about Heritage Day.

'Being a pioneer is very lonely situation' - Peter Tladi, founder Joy of Jazz

'Being a pioneer is very lonely situation' - Peter Tladi, founder Joy of Jazz

Founder of the Joy of Jazz, Peter Tladi, chats about the difficulties of being a pioneer, and the evolution of Jazz in SA.

Wellness Feature: Joy and the part it plays when it comes to what we want

Wellness Feature: Joy and the part it plays when it comes to what we want

"We have to become a match for what we want before we can have what we want" - Yasmeen Engelbrecht, coach, writer & psychologist

'I toyi-toyied for the 1st time because Tashas ran out of coffee' - Coconut Kelz

'I toyi-toyied for the 1st time because Tashas ran out of coffee' - Coconut Kelz

Satirical comedian Lesego Thlabi channels her inner Coconut Kelz, to chat about the State Capture Inquiry, and why she toyi-toyied

[LISTEN]  Harnessing gamers as a resource to serve mankind

[LISTEN] Harnessing gamers as a resource to serve mankind

In the parenting feature, creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush, chats about harnessing gamers as a resource to serve mankind.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

We call it Heritage Day so it's more inclusive - Coconut Kelz (Lesego Thlabi)

In this segment of the Current Affairs with Coconut Kelz, satirical comedian Lesego Thlabi channels Kelz to chat about Heritage Day.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.