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Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy’s Cooking for Crowds Launched with Sam Woulidge

Mari-Louis Guy and Callie Maritz

Sam Woulidge, Mari-Louis Guy and Callie MaritzThe true art of cooking was on display at the launch of Cooking for Crowds and Onthaal op grootskaal by Mari-Louis Guy and Callie Maritz at the Hirt & Carter Studio in Cape Town last week.

Large photographic prints of dishes cooked and styled by the brother and sister culinary team lined the walls like artworks in a gallery. Guy and Maritz’s recipes and tips for entertaining large crowds were put to the test with char grilled asparagus wrapped in smoked trout with lime mayonnaise; chick pea soup with minted crème fraîche; strawberry salad; and beetroot quinoa salad with micro herbs, among other fare, emerging from the kitchen. This delighted the guests to no end, many of whom were well-known personalities from the Cape Town culinary crowd.

Sam Woulidge, in conversation with Maritz and Guy at the event, said that she had grown up reading about brother and sister teams such as “Boet en Saartjie, Sus en Daan” and never knew that she would one day be the good friend of a real dynamic sibling duo. She asked them what it is like to work together and Guy responded: “For me it’s easy, because I’m the oldest. I’m always right!” Maritz shrugged: “What she said.” These quips increased the merriment of their many eager listeners.

Maritz and Guy are no strangers to catering for crowds. Their mother owned a guesthouse and when they were growing up, entertaining was a daily activity. As adults, Maritz and Guy have become well-known for their culinary prowess, especially for making the most fabulous cakes. Maritz related how they once made a staggering 2 500 cakes for a wedding in Nelspruit!

Guy and Maritz have a tight-knit family and when they have their own get-togethers, there is always a crowd to be fed. But they believe in everyone pitching in and cooking together. Cooking shouldn’t be stressful, it should be enjoyable, they say.

It was very important to Guy and Maritz to include recipes in Cooking for Crowds and Onthaal op grootskaal that anyone can make. “These days people seem to watch more cooking than what they actually do themselves. There are all these chefs on TV that create dishes that the ordinary person cannot imitate. We wanted people to be able to make these recipes.”

Guy and Maritz drew on the expertise of some of the best caterers in the industry to come up with all the recipes in the book. And they’ve had lots of positive feedback so far from people who have successfully used the recipes.

Next up for Guy and Maritz is the Spier Secret Festival where they will be presenting a food installation. They are also going to start blogging for Huisgenoot and You. And surely this is not the last cookbook that we’ll see from the talented pair.

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Carolyn Meads tweeted live from the event using #livebooks:

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