The Ritual, a three-part series from award-winning chef, Wandile Mabaso, launches on YouTube this week. The series, in association with Stella Artois, meditates on African art, food and life, all of which are some of chef Wandile’s favourite topics of discussion after kitchen service.

“A ritual for many chefs, ‘after service’, is when we take time to sit down, enjoy a cold beer and discuss the day, right after service. So, in The Ritual I wanted to take a journey into the various aspects of all the things I’m curious about,”.

says Chef Wandile Mabaso

Soweto-born Chef Wandile Mabaso is a creative food artist with vast global experience, having worked with internationally renowned chefs in Michelin star restaurants in New York and Paris. He returned to South Africa in 2019 to launch his acclaimed restaurant, Les Creatifs, in Johannesburg and in 2022 he was named Chef of The Year at the annual Luxe Restaurant Awards.

In episode one of The Ritual, Wandile is joined by Chefs Mmabatho Molefe and Chef Besele Moloi in the kitchen, followed by an after-service ritual with Stella Artois in which they explore how culture plays a significant role in their shared love for food and passion for cooking.

In episode two, titled “Africasso”, Wandile journeys to Cape Town to explore the ritual of creating meaningful art with world-class ceramic artists Zizipho Poswa and Andile Dyalvane, whose Imiso Ceramics creates the beautiful, hand-crafted ceramic plates his meals at Les Creatifs are served on.

“Being a true pioneer means going beyond the status quo so I’m all about pushing boundaries and finding often unexpected innovations that have a positive impact. This is the legacy of craftsmanship and something I also really wanted to explore in The Ritual,”.

says Chef Wandile

As such, in episode three, Wandile shares time with artist/fashion designer, Gladys Semenye and sculptor, Dora Prevost, to discover the meaning of inspiration, the importance of sustainability, representation for women & young Africans, and telling an authentic African story through their craft.

“Stella Artois is delighted to be part of the journey Wandile has taken to explore the legacy of our cuisine, hand-selected art and the simple joy of finding time to sit down and share a table and ideas. That’s what the Life Artois is all about.”

Adds Estee Burger, Marketing Manager of Stella Artois South Africa:

Tune in on Stella Artois South Africa’s YouTube channel to watch episode one:

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