The first SA Olive Young Chef competition is testimony to the fact that variety is indeed the spice of life and that diversity brings forth innovation.
Framed by tall cypress trees and perfectly trimmed rose hedges, Ashanti Estate was the perfect setting for the Table Olive Workshop. Twenty-two attendees, representing large- to small-scale olive operations, came from as far as Oudtshoorn to hone their skills.
Olives should be relatively firm, and never mushy or visibly bruised. If you’re shopping for olives at a store’s “olive bar,” look for olives dressed in brine, which helps them retain their moisture and flavour. They should also be turned over frequently for freshness. Alternatively purchase olives in a jar.