Jenny Morris (aka The Giggling Gourmet) is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. She is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher and culinary tour guide, who has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a child, when she started making mouth watering treats for school fundraisers. It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses. Taste is the most obvious, as is aroma.
For Jenny touch is also important. “Feeling your food is important,” she says. “Caress it, stroke it, know it intimately.” How you eat your food will reveal what kind of lover you are. “You don’t want someone who eats a sosatie (kebab) with a knife and fork,” says Jenny with the naughty spontaneous laugh that has earned her the moniker of Giggling Gourmet.
“And if I can get presidents and heads of state to eat with their hands I can do it for anyone!”
Among her kitchen essentials Jenny lists garlic, butter, olive oil, trusty zester, and dhania (cilantro). “I simply cannot do without it. There is nothing better.” Since those early days, Jenny went on to cater for functions at high school, and later cooked for friends and family.
Besides her own catering company, Jenny teaches practical hands-on cooking courses at her cooking school, which have fun and laughter as a main ingredient. Jenny’s formula for success is to “entertain informatively and inform entertainingly,” something she does with flair. Not only has she conquered radio but Jenny has made several television appearances both locally and internationally.
Jenny Morris is also regularly much in demand as the first choice of a South African Celebrity Chef to make appearances at various functions and product launches and events such as Food Festivals and Expos, making regular appearances around and outside the country, and is often commissioned by leading brands for both recipe development and demonstrating food and related products, she is an examiner for The Culinary Academy, and a judge for various food competitions.
Although she has cooked for dozens of celebrities and royals, (amongst others these have included Prince Charles, Thabo Mbeki, Kenneth Kaunda, Charlize Theron, al Gore and many more), Jenny remains down to earth and when she’s not wowing the public she can be found in her kitchen stirring a pot of something fragrant and delicious. “Layer those flavours,” she advises, “and feel that dish come alive in your hands”.
Jenny has, for the past 14 years operated a catering business and has over the past 19 years broadcast over 1000 radio shows, 3 local TV series on SABC, E-TV, DSTV Home-channel and many inserts for local (amongst others:- Expresso, Lifes a Journey, All Access, Top Billing, Pasella, Kyknet) as well as international TV shows.
She continues to host regular radio shows on Heart 104.9 on Thursdays at 08h00 (GMT 06h00) where you find her giving tips and advice on creating your first kitchen, having your first dinner party, and how to keep the honeymoon going.
Jenny wrote a best selling cookbook titled “Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food” published in 2004 and her second book titled “More Rude Food” was published in 2006.
She also writes a column for the Next48Hours paper, Caravan & Outdoor Life and often contributes to various other magazines. Jenny lives with her family in Cape Town South Africa
Giggling Gourmet is a member of the South African Chefs Association and is BBBEE compliant.