April 2016 – Segera Retreat has introduced a new vegetarian menu to its culinary offering, inspired by Michelin-starred chef Sascha Kemmerer who stayed at the Retreat from 3 to 10 April as part of a unique residency programme.
Chef Kemmerer, who hails from the renowned "Kilian Stuba" restaurant – 1 Michelin Star and 17 Points Gault Millau – at the Travel Charm Ifen Hotel in Austria, was in Kenya exploring the local cultures and discovering the culinary opportunities at Segera in Laikipia.
“As we remain committed to enhancing our guest experience and challenging the limitations of the traditionally-defined safari experience, we are extremely pleased with the results from Sascha’s residency at Segera. Not only did he share his incredible expertise with our Kenyan Head Chef, Elizabeth Kawenzi, and her team, but together, with culinary vision and passion, they have created a unique five-course optimum-nutrition vegetarian journey inspired by the local produce grown on Segera and Sascha’s Michelin Star-awarded techniques”, says Segera GM Jens Kozany.
This culinary highlight is now included as one of the unique dining experiences enjoyed by guests during their safari at Segera. Dishes served by Chef Kawenzi’s team include a duo of butternut squash – spring roll and butternut soup – starter, followed by a chilli and lemon marinated avocado and mango dish served on spiced Keith apple yoghurt with crispy breadsticks, ending off with Segera’s decadent honey ice cream with macadamia crumble and marinated pineapple.
Sascha also conducted cooking classes for guests who stayed at the Retreat during this time and spiced up the Retreat’s fresh, seasonal farm-to-table menus with his stellar skills.
After this incredible personal journey, Chef Kemmerer is already looking forward to returning to Africa. “Segera’s authentic hospitality inspired me not only culinary-wise, but also the integration of conservation aspects and local cultures as part of high-end tourism has given me a taste of this life-changing Kenyan safari experience”, he says.
Michelin-star chef Sascha Kemmerer with Segera’s Head Chef Elizabeth Kawenzi