For the fourth year, Chef Mynhardt Joubert will again set the stage for a sweet soirée with his iconic Free State fruitcakes. All for a very special cause and just in time for the festive season.
In aid of Monte Christo Miqlat(MCM), a non-profit company (NPC) situated in the Western Cape’s Paarl, Chef Mynhardt will partner with MOIR’S, SASKO, KWV Brandy and Salted Président Butter in creating his beloved fruitcakes that fans have come to love.
“The organisation we are supporting this year, MCM, is doing incredible work. Our goal is to annually reach new communities with new needs,” says Chef Mynhardt.
Since 2002, MCM has been empowering impoverished families through holistic sustainable development programmes. In 2018,the charity distributed more than one million meals in the Drakenstein Valley alone. Aside from nutrition, MCM also provides sport programmes for young and old, a community care centre, after-school daycare, and facilitate scare for the homeless.
Chef Mynhardt, who heavily draws on the memories of his mother and grandmother’s kitchens in the Eastern Free State when cooking, unsurprisingly attributes his winning recipe for his annual fruitcake to this beautiful part of the country too: “Three years ago, my sister baked me the most delicious fruitcake – packaged in an old-fashioned cake tin – and mailed it to me all the way from Bethlehem, Free State. I never thought much of fruitcake before then, but that special shipment changed this, and to this day, I still bake her recipe every year.”
Says Chef Mynhardt: “Our secret to a fruitcake with a difference? We bake with love, constantly keeping in mind the deserving people who will benefit from each and every cake sale. It’s an absolute highlight and the perfect opportunity to reflect on the year passed. A recipe only becomes something truly special when you pour your heart and soul into it.”