Franschhoek, South Africa’s culinary capital, is getting an exciting new addition to its food and restaurant portfolio. Internationally-renowned chef Liam Tomlin will launch a cookery school in conjunction with Leopard’s Leap Wine in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Following the success of Tomlin’s Chef’s Warehouse cookery school in Cape Town, the school will be offering culinary enthusiasts of all ages a wide range of classes, ranging from morning sessions to themed courses, presented by the best chefs and culinary experts in the industry. The school will also host international guest chefs from around the world on a regular basis.

“We have done extensive research and visited cooking schools around the globe to identify the elements that will make this cooking school exceptional. I am very excited about the potential of this project,” says Tomlin.
Featuring 24 state-of-the-art work stations in the cutting-edge demonstration kitchen, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the different facets of food, before enjoying the fruits of their labour. A store, modeled on Chef’s Warehouse, will sell a wide range of quality kitchen products sourced locally and abroad, giving participants the necessary tools to test their new-found skills at home after their class has ended.

Along with the cookery school, the new Leopard’s Leap wine estate will boast a tasting room, delicatessen and wine sales facility. Nestled against the Wemmershoek mountains, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Leopard’s Leap’s passion for food and wine.

“This is a perfect location for Leopard’s Leap Wines and the collaboration with Liam Tomlin is going to create something truly spectacular for Franschhoek,” Hein Koegelenberg says.