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De Vrije Burger
I want to post a review about a burger I ate yesterday at De Vrije Burger in Stellenbosch.
First though, in terms of the group rules, I have to declare my bias. I have written or photographed numerous stories on Bertus Basson and his restaurants over the past decade. Last year I published his cookbook: “Homegrown”.
I like Bertus. I consider him a friend. I deeply admire his approach to contemporary South African food and his innovative restaurants. Which is why I found myself standing outside De Vrije Burger at 11:15 yesterday morning.
The rules of this group are perfectly clear and reasonable, and simple professional integrity also requires that the reader is aware of my connection when reading what follows.
So here goes…
One of my favourite tasks as a food photographer is shooting in a working kitchen. That energy has a special taste, a fizz on the tongue that only comes when you are surrounded by people hell-bent and totally consumed in a make-or-break task. I just love being in that soup.