We chat to food stylist and founder of Babel restaurant, Maranda Engelbrecht, who was responsible for creating the sumptuous food in our latest issue of THE ROOM… (download some of the recipes here!)

Favorite childhood dish? My mother’s soft, custardy Sago pudding with homemade apricot jam

When in SA you must try… Moist beef biltong with cracked coriander, thinly sliced.

Great snack? Any cheese and bread with fresh basil and a drizzle of aged balsamic

Only got ten minutes to make dinner, what is it? A rib eye steak on the braai with a dollop of Dijon mustard and on the side a crisp green salad with shaved Parmesan

Kitchen essential? A sharp paring knife

Favorite local designer? The young and very talented Weyers Marais

Favorite international inspiration or place? Tokyo and Paris

Comfort food? Pancakes with lemon and cinnamon

Afternoon tea or a good glass of wine? Earl Grey tea and then a glass of chilled Viognier