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Chef in the City | Abbas Abrahams

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Date 28 January 2020
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Name Natalie Du Preez
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889
URL Century City Conference Centre

Abbas started his career in 1982 and has worked in numerous hotels in Cape Town, starting off as a trainee and working his way up the ranks to his current position of Head Chef at Century City Conference Centre.

“I have had quite a journey over the years! Thus far, I have achieved all my life’s goals.  Working in this industry has given me exposure to various clients, working with younger chefs and moulding them for their future careers.”

Abbas’ kitchen serves a wide range of meals for an array of different functions: anything from ten to 1 200 people, whether it be a finger fork lunch, buffet or set menu.

We asked him three questions.

1. You are a Capetonian through and through – born in Constantia and grew up in the Cape Flats. What is your favourite local dish?

Lately, I have been concentrating on a healthy diet, as I gym often.  I would say avocado chicken salad is my favourite and scrambled eggs on whole-wheat toast is my go-to breakfast.

2. In terms of an international cuisine destination – is there a country on your bucket list you would love to visit and what about their cuisine intrigues you?

I love Mediterranean cuisine, which offers a little bit of everything.  I am particularly drawn to Turkish cuisine.

3. If money and distance was no object and you could open your own restaurant anywhere in the world and serve anything you fancy – where would you choose, what would you call it and why?

A dream would be a café on the beach.  I saw this amazing place in Rio Copacabana beach last year - fresh salads and cocktails being served the whole day.  I would most definitely open my café in Camps Bay. Obviously!