It is the simple Mediterranean sensibility of quality above all else that he brings to the Pot Luck Club kitchen.
Jason’s cheffing journey to date is much influenced by his multicultural heritage. Born to Greek and Italian immigrant parents, he moved from Italy to South Africa when he was eight. It is the simple Mediterranean sensibility of quality above all else that he brings to the Pot Luck Club kitchen. “My earliest years were spent in Tuscany where food is so simple and seasonal – not to be fashionable, but because that’s how everyone in Italy has eaten for centuries.” he says, “And that’s what I love about The Pot Luck Club too – that seasonal and local ingredients are the heroes and we build the dining experience around that”.
Jason is excited to be introducing more of the flavours and styles that make him tick at The Pot Luck Club, “I’ve travelled all over, I was raised on my Italian grandmother’s food and I love Mediterranean food and tapas, so of course my own story is going to come into the menu”. The aromas of his mother and grandmothers’ cooking flavour his memories. Their passion ignites his own and the home-cooked meals he loved as a boy became the springboard for this foray into the culinary world.
Jason is an avid fisherman and if he had to choose a last meal he says it would have to be from the sea. “Fish is so complex yet versatile, and it lends itself to so many techniques and variations of preparation and cooking- a worthwhile and satisfying ingredient. ”
His favourite current dish on The Pot Luck Club menu? It would have to be the crispy Sweetbread Ssam, resplendent in fish sauce caramel, Nuac Chom dressing and finished with a lime & chilli emulsion. It’s full of excitement and flavour.