Peter Tempelhoff designs the official dessert for World Design Capital 2014

image courtesy of Bruce Tuck

To honour Cape Town being named as World Design Capital 2014, our Executive Chef, Peter Tempelhoff and the team of The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort have created an innovative dessert called Table Mont Blanc. World Design Capital 2014 means that ‘Cape Town will be a focal point for the international design community in 2014, shining a global spotlight on the creativity of our city, country and continent’. “It’s a dessert that epitomises Cape Town or more precisely, Table Mountain, as nothing says Cape Town more than the mountain,” says Peter of the dish. Served on pieces of rock found on the slopes of the mountain in Constantia, Peter says that visually the dessert slightly resembles the mount, ‘but only abstractly, as we would rather leave a bit to the imagination. The real symbiosis between the dessert and the actual mountain is in the ingredients’. Every integral component of the dessert is flavoured with an ingredient found on the slopes of the mountain which the team gathered over a period of 6 weeks.

Here Peter explains the Table Mont Blanc Chestnuts: The chestnut purée (Mont Blanc) was made from the chestnut trees on Rhodes Drive. Stone Pine Trees (Pinus Pinea): The chocolate cremeaux (mousse) is flavoured with the pine needles gathered from the slopes of Devil's Peak Fynbos: Table mountain fynbos was combined with caramel chocolate to form the nitro mousse which is the top of the dessert. Fynbos was also used with yoghurt for the ice cream in the dish. Vin de Constance: The grapes for South Africa's most famous wine, Vin de Constance, are grown on the slopes of Table Mountain: the golden jelly on the dish is made from this wine. Acorns: from oak trees in the Tokai forest were used in the soil under the dessert Mountain Water: Water from Newlands Spring was combined with cocoa and lecithin to create the chocolate clouds flowing off the praecipes. Rocks: The plate that the dessert is laying on was a piece of rock found on the slopes in Constantia. Guests of The Greenhouse will soon have the opportunity to taste the Table Mont Blanc, when the restaurant reopens on 1 August!

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