Grilled Mackerel with a Selection of Salads Recipe by Johan van der Merwe

Dubbed “The Talking Mackerel” this engaging slideshow recipe was created by chef and food stylist Johan van der Merwe. Watch as the ingredients come to life, and follow this easy step by step recipe for Grilled Mackerel, with a Selection of Salads; Blood Orange Fennel and Caper Salad, and Baby Beetroot, Samphire & Horseradish Salad with Candy Cane Carpaccio. Photographs by Eugene Lang

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“My passion for food and my career in the culinary arts has been my driving force.  Taking me from the lush vineyards and orchards of Franschoek, South Africa to the culinary capital of London, via the abundance of Canada’s Pacific North West and the dynamic food culture of Ireland, my home.

During this time I have had the opportunity to adopt a range of approaches from Michel Roux’s The Waterside Inn, I learned the rigour of a Michelin-starred kitchen.  In London’s, The Ivy the classicism of a culinary stalwart.  Glowbal Restaurant Group taught me the demands of high-volume establishments.  But it was at Cafe Paradiso I honed my creativity to deliver an award-winning, outside-the-box eating experience in the underserved vegetarian sector.

As a food stylist I bring these skills to every assignment.  Whether it is interpreting the visual identity of new-to-market brands, or injecting freshness into the approach to long-established products, I understand both the scope and restrictions faced along this spectrum of clients, and can adjust my approach accordingly.” Read More

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