A professionally qualified chef, Johnny Hamman is much more than just a regular cook. His talents stretch way beyond dazzling friends, family and patrons with his culinary expertise as his creative conceptualisation quickly proves when one walks into an event planned by him.
Johnny, who recently turned 30, is a well accomplished creative individual. His approach to food, décor and life is truly an inspiration. His hand at wedding planning and event execution is one that will be beaten by few as he thinks so far out the box that it’s hard to remember there ever was a box!
Apart from planning breath taking weddings, Johnny organises pop-up dining events under the concept of Slippery Spoon. His great talents are once again showcased at these dinner parties which take place every two weeks. The venues are always interesting and sets the mood for an evening of extraordinary fun and food that lingers for days in your mind. Johnny is known for his exquisite flavour combinations and “different” ways of presenting food. Each Slippery Spoon event turns out to be a really fun and interactive party where random people mingle and become friends. The menu of each event is completely different from the previous one and there’s a perfect synchronisation between the venue, menu and theme of the event.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the previous Slippery Spoon event which took place on the rooftop of the Inner City Ideas Cartel building in Waterkant Street, Cape Town. The theme: Dinner with minimal pigment. Four courses which contained little colour, but exploded with flavour. Presentation was works of art. Pickled wild mushrooms, cauliflower puree and Parmesan was the starter combination and it was followed by butter confit egg yolk, buttermilk sorbet, brioche and crispy bacon poached egg white. By the end of these two courses my palate was so awake and so excited for what was still to come! The third course was milk poached kingklip, almonds, Jerusalem artichoke and a prawn dumpling. The kingklip was moist and paired beautifully with the crunchy toasted almonds. Dessert did not disappoint – rice paper, condensed milk, vermicelli, pistschio, vanilla marshmallow and saffron syrup.
Johnny has big plans with the Slippery Spoon concept – he wants to introduce road shows throughout the country and is currently working on an on-line shop. Expect a Slippery Spoon pop-up shop or even a Slippery Spoon food truck in your area quite soon!
Currently Johnny can be seen in the second season of the Afrikaans reality cooking show, Kokkedoor, which airs on Thursday evenings on KYKNET. He has gained quite a following and he says it was definitely one of the top 10 experiences of his life. “It’s incredibly stressful, but the experience ignited new spark in my love for food”, says Johnny.
Don’t miss out on the next Slippery Spoon pop-up event which is taking place on Friday, 9 May 2014. A dinner party where food will be paired with fabric in the exquisite Helon Melon Studio in the Old Castle Brewery in Woodstock. It promises to be a delightful evening of exploring texture in a gorgeous setting.
Everything Johnny conceptualises and develops, fall under the brand NOTHAMBUTMAN, which is a word play on his surname. It’s most definitely a brand to keep an eye on, because you don’t want to miss out anything designed, cooked or conducted by Mr Hamman!
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Featured image: Hamman, J., n.d., NOTHAMBUTMAN, received via email on 5 May 2014 with permission ti publish
Image A: Facebook, 2014, johnny Hamman, viewed on 6 May 2014, from https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154021620555131&set=a.10150260114225131.512095.700300130&type=1&theater
Image B: Hamman, J., 2014, Slippery Spoon Food and Fabric Pairing E-Flyer, received via email on 5 May 2014 with permission to publish