Reuben Riffel’s Route Through Africa

Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel has become quite the Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown fan whilst trekking through sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Cape to Dar es Salaam Expedition with the Land Rover Africa magazine team.

At their stop-over in Zimbabwe at the Hwange Lodge, Reuben treated the team to steak with a Sedgwick’s cream and mushroom sauce, complemented with side dishes of roasted butternut and fresh salad.

Reuben, along with the magazine team and a film crew, left Cape Town on 4 July and has been driving, filming, exploring and cooking on the 6500km journey to Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam. The Land Rover Africa magazine expedition aims to promote overland tourism in sub-Saharan Africa by showcasing the beauty and accessibility of travelling through Africa. The team will visit several luxury lodges along the way and report on how these lodges have positively impacted local communities.

The magazine’s film crew is documenting the entire journey as Reuben seeks to share his skills with local chefs and feature local produce and cooking styles unique to the continent. He intends publishing a book featuring the best – and worst! – recipes he encountered.

Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown is a fitting crew member, not only keeping the team company around the camp fire but also the secret ingredient to Reuben’s bushfire culinary delights. Sedgwick’s, launched in 1916, is a versatile companion on many occasions – enjoy it neat around the camp fire, with lemonade or ginger ale and plenty of ice for a refreshing summer’s drink, or added to your favourite sauce, marinade, old-time favourite dishes such as flash-fried prawns, pea soup, malva pudding and roasted vegetables.

Sedgwick’s is named for Captain James Sedgwick, master of the famous tea clipper Undine. Legend has it that when he retired at the Cape in 1853, he was the centre of attraction at his tavern, The Captain’s Rooms, where sailors on shore leave gathered to share his tales of the high seas. That charisma and spirit of adventure to this day lives on in Sedgwick’s Original Old Brown.

Make sure you have a bottle of Sedgwick’s close at hand next time you’re preparing for a braai.