An indulgent weekend at Hemingways Nairobi

Preparing my dinner with Executive Sous-Chef Knight Lodenyi at Hemingways Nairobi. PHOTO | ARCHIE ALVIN ATHANATHIUS

What you need to know:

  • The main reason for my invitation to Hemingway’s last weekend was to sample their new cooking lessons.
  • I was joined for lunch by the Hotel’s general manager, Richard Kimenyi, who said that the idea stemmed from guest requests to learn how to cook Kenyan dishes.

  • Together with talented Executive Chef Archie Alvin Athanathius, they formed a plan to utilise the vacant kitchen attached to the old fine-dining restaurant to host lessons for guests .
  • The focus will be on traditional Kenyan fare, but requests can also be made to cook any of the dishes on the hotel’s à la carte menu.

Swollen clouds hung menacingly over the Ngong Hills, and as the rain fell I was glad to be indoors. But given the luxury of my surroundings, I had no desire to be outside anyway. I was sitting on the terrace of the Karen Blixen Suite of Hemingways Nairobi, looking out towards the drenched garden throug­­h the sprawling branches of a bombax tree. Needless to say, I was quite content.

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