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A taste of South African barbie during world cup

Sep 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

CHOP CHOP: Chefs Rachel Johnson and Matt Irvine are ready for the Springbok punters.

SOME WELLINGTON chefs are getting a cooking master class in South Africa’s version of the barbecue for the Rugby World Cup.

The braii is no ordinary barbecue, and the chefs at the Cambridge Hotel will face some tough critics.

The pub has become an unofficial Springbok supporters bar to the extent that part of it has been renamed the Bokstop.

Staff were taught how to cook a braii by South African-born Jeremy Smith, managing director of Trinity Group which owns the hotel.

Mr Smith, says he’s “absolutely culturally invested” in creating a South African feel at the Cambridge.

He says he personally taught the chefs because the traditional braii is a time consuming and specific process.

“We are going for the full effect,” he says.

A braii will be held on most of the major game nights and will include a number of traditional Afrikaans dishes and meat packs can be taken away.

Imported South African beers will also be available.

The idea of the braii and Bokstop is to provide a home away from home for loyal South African supporters.

Mr Smith says it is about the international visitors but at the end of the day rugby is the focus.

“It’s very much a sports focussed bar.”

“We want everyone who loves rugby to come on down.”

Mr Smith hopes people come out in forceand also wants New Zealanders to attend and show what hospitable hosts they are.

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