20 Restaurants, 20 Countries, 20 Months One Star Arrives in Cape Town

Words: Crush

One Star House Party has landed in Cape Town as part of their mission to host 20 restaurants in 20 countries over 20 months. Chef James Sharman and his crew have set up camp in Woodstock to create a two-week only pop-up restaurant offering foodies in the Mother City a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

Cape Town is the eighth stop on the One Star House Party world tour, which has seen the team set up pop-up restaurants in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Oman, at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal and most recently on a float in Kenya.

The restaurant in Cape Town, set in a Woodstock loft, will open for dinner from Wednesday, April 26 until Thursday, May 11. The loft space can accommodate up to 50 diners a night and guests can anticipate a seven-course tasting menu, featuring the best local ingredients with a twist – with the details of the Cape Town menu to be revealed on opening night. Interested foodies are advised to book soon to avoid missing out.

Sharman and his team, which includes fellow chef Kevin McCrae and manager Trish McCrae, honed their culinary skills at leading restaurants, most notably Noma in Copenhagen, as well as The Ledbury and Tom Aiken’s in London. The team travels to a new destination each month, erects a pop-up restaurant, develops a tasting menu based on local cuisine and culture, and invites the public to an intimate dinner in their new home. This month it’s Cape Town, next month Florence.

“We apply the techniques we gleaned while working as chefs in some of the world’s best restaurants, to the local food of the country we are in and serve this to our guests,” explains Sharman. “There is a story behind every dish. In our interactive dining experience, there are no waiters. Trish, Kevin and I personally serve each course and share the story and inspiration for the dish with our guests.”

One Star House Party also invites young chefs to join them on their creative journey. Chefs may apply to join a pop-up. If chosen they are flown in to assist for the duration of the event. In Cape Town, the team will be joined by Paul Graham of Scotland and Ellis Maloney of Australia. Those who feel they possess the culinary skills to assist the OSHP crew can apply online via One Star House Party

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