How do you develop your recipes?
I am constantly inspired by pioneers all over the world and our recipes are an assimilation of this melting pot of inspiration. Over the past 7 years I have put in thousands of hours of research to combine and breathe new life into the very best ideas to date.
What are some of your favourite things to cook?
Well, I absolutely love everything we create. From our gourmet filled doughnuts to our decadent cakes (with our cutting edge vegan buttercream) to our Peking basted expertly crafted seitan to our original recipe crispy organic tofu bao to our super-realistic Kentucky Fried Chickun to our BBQ Jackfruit burgers and mega-loaded nachos, not forgetting our home-style decadent lasagna. I am in love with all of it!
What are some of your favourite foods to eat?
Definitely cayenne pineapples or avocado rich salad with olive ciabatta.
What are some of your favourite vegan food brands?
There are so many amazing vegan products in SA, I absolutely love the Linda McCartney quarter pound burger patty and Nature & Moi vegan cheese. The best vegan ice cream is from Tofutti, vegan marshmallows, Afrikoa semi-bitter chocolate, soya yoghurt from Woolworths
and Herbi Vohr
vegan biltong. And pizza, definitely pizza! What would life be without pizza? The best places to get them are from Conscious 108
, Andiccio 24
and Panarottis in Cresta
What is Vegeata’s most popular dish?
This is a difficult one – going on our experience, I would have to say it’s our Mega Loaded Nachos, customers are always coming back for more!
Why do you think your clients love this so much?
Everything is made from scratch with so much love. We choose the best ingredients for our very special salsa, we make our own tortilla chips and it’s smothered in our special vegan sour cream, smokey chipotle aioli, creamy guacamole and topped with our BBQ Jackfruit and you can add smoked chipotle sauce and coriander.
Is there any reason why I haven’t been able to get that fried “chicken” I’ve heard so much about at the markets? And what replaces the chicken?
Oh dear, haha, I think you have not visited us on the right days, since we have such a large menu we like to switch it up and offer new exciting dishes. Recently it’s been our Crispy Organic Tofu Charcoal Bao – people are claiming it to be our best dish ever. Our very special Kentucky Fried Chickun is wheat protein based and we promise to have it at our next market for you!
You offer items like Christmas roasts and Chickun pieces on order, do you have any plans to make more of your food into pre-packaged meals?
As part of our growth strategy we have been in development to release an exciting frozen meal and vegan product range.
Are you currently working on any new recipes?
In order to continually delight our existing customers and attract new customers we are always working on new recipes. That is the beauty of this work, creativity and inspiration flow endlessly.
Tell us about the ingredients you use?
We have scoured and continue to scour South Africa for the highest quality ingredients so everything is 100% locally and sustainably sourced.
Do you have any plans to open a restaurant?
Yes, I suppose that’s our ultimate goal. We have been and continue to gain very valuable experience and insights on the market and the business in order to help us become the best. All we can say if we have big plans for the future, so watch this space!