News update: 22nd March
A new executive chef, Jacques Barnard, has joined the Earth Lodge team, while Sarah Torrington has taken over the running of the Elefun Centre at Bush Lodge.
After finishing school in the Eastern Cape, Jacques used a gap year to work as a waiter in the Cape winelands before studying at the Institute of Culinary Arts. On completion of his course, he worked under renowned chef, Michel Broughton, where he discovered a love for fine dining. Prior to moving to Sabi Sabi, Jacques worked at various wine estate restaurants before becoming head chef at the Lily Pad on the Anuran Vineyard.
His favourite ingredients are truffle oil and ‘anything fresh and local'; and his dish of the moment is French four spice braised pork belly with lentil and pancetta crumble, carrot puree, crispy crackling and a truffle jus.
Jacques loves the relaxed way of life in the bush, the friendly people and the quiet nights devoid of city noises. He takes over the reins at Earth Lodge creating fresh new dishes every day for the discerning guests and overseeing the cooking of homemade delicacies, combining fresh new ideas with tried and tested bush favourites.
At Bush Lodge, there is a buzz in the EleFun centre with the arrival of a new co-ordinator. Seven years after leaving South Africa for England, 22-year old Sarah Torrington is back, drawn by the irresistible appeal of the bush, to head up the Elefun centre. It’s a fitting story for the grand-niece of Harry Wolhuter, the Kruger National Park’s original game ranger and early conservationist.
Sarah’s experience with children makes her the ideal person for the task of providing a fun, relaxed and educational experience for children who visit the centre during their visit to Bush Lodge. Already a firm favourite with families, with its carefully planned programme for children of all ages, the EleFun centre has been given a boost with an updated programme and fresh ideas. Activities include outdoor sports, crafts, bush-oriented creativity, local cultural pursuits, mini game walks and learning about conservation. Click here for more information about the EleFun centre.