Food24 eats with... Gazelle

We went to Oppikoppi 2011 and had a foodie moment with electro duo Gazelle.

by: Nicole McCain | 10 Aug 2011

Food24 caught up with South African electro duo Gazelle at Oppikoppi 2011, where they took a step back from the music to talk about their love affair with food.

Gazelle, made up of Xander Ferreira and Nick Matthews, have become an international sensation. All this touring has brought them into contact with a host of different cultures and foods. And these home-grown talents love it!

International eating
Nick and Xander say that most of the towns they have visited have been so hospitable they have been given home cooked meals, the most memorable of which was a Danish traditional dish of a baked pork dish, with mashed potato and asparagus.

The second favourite food story was when they were invited to a fondue at a cheese maker’s home in Switzerland. However, the memories weren’t from the food as much as the large amount of Schnapps they drank. They then had to go home on sleighs downhill, at night, in a less than sober condition. As Nick describes it: “It was the only time I’ve ever heard Xander scream like a bitch.”

Biting into the Big Apple
Gazelle is now based in New York, which is a culinary adventure for them. “New York has incredible food. There are people from all over the world, and the competition is so high.  You can eat anything in the world there,” says Xander. He went on to describe the Big Apple as having so many different restaurants that you can eat at a different one every night and never taste them all.
No place like home
However, these two still love their South African traditional food. Nick would do just about anything for a curry, if Xander is to be believed. And according to Nick, Xander, who grew up on a farm, has become infamous for smuggling biltong and droewors. Xander says he often longs for a braai and has a few tricks of his own to make sure those lamb chops come out of the flames perfect.

Back home, Gazelle has become involved in the food industry in a more unusual way. They have an arrangement with Butlers Pizza as part of the social media campaign “pronkster”. The idea is that patrons can order a pizza with a slice missing, and the missing slice will be donated to the less fortunate. “Food is a big thing to share. Sharing gives us compassion,” says Xander.

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