Westin ON19 Restaurant with Siba Mtongana
Siba puts the focus on health
Siba Mtongana spoke on the importance of healthy foods at the launch of the Westin’s ON19 restaurant’s refreshed menu. The celebrity chef, who is an ambassador for the hotel, was speaking on the latest international food trends.
“Health is a huge consideration when it comes to food worldwide. That is why it’s important we make sure whatever we are advising or influencing people to eat, that we have health in mind,” said Siba. A new research paper published in the Lancet shows that South African women are among the most severely obese population groups in the world. Also South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa. “These are alarming statistic, and why I was so pleased to see that the new ON19 menu is filled with super-foods which are a big worldwide trend.”
Siba expanded on the growing popularity of super-foods, which are foods that are considered nutrient dense and full of health promoting antioxidants, phytochemicals and a whole lot more. She highlighted the growing trend of international chefs experimenting with these ingredients to encourage overall good health. She also warned when creating super-foods menus, care needs to be taken with excessive use of sugar and other ingredients that take away the nutritional value of these super-foods.
Westin Hotels are the first hotel chain to create a super-foods-focused menu, aligning with their commitment to overall well-being and ‘eat well’ philosophy. The Westin Cape Town takes great pride in providing healthy alternatives to guests with their quality food – assisting with optimal nutrient balance.
At the launch of the refreshed menu, Chef De Cuisine for ON19, Anerith Smythe, treated guests to tasters of the various dishes on the refreshed menu, which included lamb and goats cheese fritters with rhaita, apple & fennel home cured salmon with ginger soil, and chestnut gnocchi with confit duck, forest mushroom and white wine buerre blanc.
The dishes also included fresh herbs and edible flowers grown by the restaurants very own rooftop herb garden, speaking to the rising trend of ‘farm to plate’ style dining. The garden enables the chefs to provide organic ingredients that are free from harmful pesticides. “The variety lets us embrace creativity by exploring wild ingredients with interesting flavours and textures that our guests won’t find anywhere else,” said Smythe.
Siba is big believer in fresh ingredients and encourages people to visit their local markets. “I get so excited when I see people shopping for fresh ingredients at the market. It really is the great place to find quality, seasonal and locally sourced produce.” She also spoke on winter comfort food, but urged to keep health top of mind. “When I think of the cold months, I think of a warm fire and hearty food, but we must start thinking healthy meals even in winter.”
About the Westin Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town, located adjacent to the Cape Town International Convention Centre is managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Set in one of the most popular destinations in the world and at the gateway to the historic V&A Waterfront. Most of the 483 rooms and suites offer floor to ceiling panoramic views of the city, Table Mountain and Table Bay harbour. Being a leisure hotel, The Westin Cape Town is one of the few city hotels in Cape Town to have both an indoor and outdoor pool and the award winning Heavenly Spa offers guests a balance between outer skin and inner being.
The Westin Cape Town is widely considered to be the finest conferencing and banqueting location in South Africa. With ample meeting and events facilities, state-of-the-art technology and a direct link to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Click here to view the full new ON19 menu.
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