I’m sitting here with Sarah Jane Reed chef and part owner of Emporium Coffee Shop.
Hi, Sarah thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to sit here with us and officially be Creative Young Souls very first chef interview and review we are excited to have you with us.
So how old were you when you knew you wanted to be a chef?
It was in grade 10 when I had to choose subjects in school.
What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is black. Even though some people say it’s a #shade.
Where did you study?
At Prue Leith Chef’s Academy in Pretoria Centurion, which is a diploma in wine and culinary arts.
How many years was your course?
18 months course and further studies in Italy.
Did you test all your recipes with your friends and family members at the beginning, were they your guinea pigs?
I did yes, my family was and my brother didn’t mind at all.
Have you always worked in South Africa?
Iv worked in Italy, Zambia and South Africa.
What kind of chef would you classify yourself as?
I’m women of all trades 🙂 I can’t classify myself, but I was trained in classical French fine dining, Italian fine dining and sugar craft.
Where do you get your inspiration from, where do all Sarah’s brilliant ideas originate?
My father, he taught me everything when I was younger. So everything that I know and all my inspirations come from him 🙂
What is your daily routine when you step into your kitchen? Do things have to be done a specific way?
I just check my orders for the week and check what needs to be baked. I am very chilled. I’m not an angry chef that everything needs to be done there way.
For all our male readers who would love to meet you. Are you single?
No!! I’m taken… sorry!
Which ingredients could you not live without, the ones you always have in your kitchen?
Garlic, Onions and Olive Oil, cannot live without those.
When you finished your studies what did you want to do?
I wanted a lot of things; I wanted to own my restaurant and to be head chef at a few places, but, unfortunately, things take a turn and you have to roll with it.
What is your favourite meal?
Cereal haha just joking. It would have to be anything with prawns and lobster I am in love with those; you have won my heart if you buy me that.
What is your favourite restaurant?
Um, that is so hard, but I’d have to say The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.
Where did the inspiration for your coffee shop come from as it is very European?
My business partner is in love with vintage, so we added the 1950’s vintage feel to it. We just wanted a homely feeling, so people are comfortable when they walk in.
How long has it been open for now?
It’s been in our name for six months.
To all our readers what would you say is the most ordered or populist on your menu?
That would be the breakfast, we have two rashers of Bacon, two Eggs, caramelised Onions and Cherry Tomatoes, garnish with Balsamic Reduction, and Basil Oil. People love our garnish sources they say it makes the dish.
Where do you want to go from here?
I have a passion for culinary arts, so I see myself teaching. Teaching students that are passionate and want to learn, I want to share all my knowledge with them.
What advice would you give to all the young souls out there wanting to become chefs like yourself?
Think hard before you choose this career because it is not all Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, it is a lot of blood sweat and tears. But if you have the passion for it, it’s 100% worth it.
Thank you, Sarah, for sitting down with Creative Young Souls and letting us hack into your brain and finding out more about you. Thank you for your time 🙂
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