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Hayden with his surf board

Sun’s Out, Surf’s Up!

I must say, Durban’s a place that suits me pretty well. There are more beaches than you can possibly surf in a week. There’s sun and warmth enough to wear thongs (flip flops), exclusively.

And then there’s the flavour that you look for when you want to spice things up.


It seemed a very appealing, and appropriate, destination in which to film our final episode of Hayden Quinn South Africa. Not to mention a fun one. We’d basically not even unpacked at the hotel before we headed off to the WaveHouse.

Here, some of the crew and I took our moment, and did final cheesy topless pose to mark our final episode (see below!!!). I could’ve stayed there all day – but I was dying to check out some cool cucumbers that I’d read about being grown, sustainably, in Durbs.


We headed to Qutom Farm, and it was great to see their use of solar panels, rainwater and other high tech techniques, that keep this farm green. And the cucumbers? They were pretty green too!
I headed into the city, to  Victoria Street Market. Here I learned how to recreate the ultimate bunny chow. To add a healthy twist to the meal, I whipped up a sambal salad (with my freshly picked cucumbers!). I then had to find the legends who were rumoured to live off bunny chow, while maintaining their perfect six packs: the lifeguards.


Having been a lifeguard myself, this was a really great experience for me. Though the lifeguard systems in South Africa and Australia are slightly different, the stories are similar – and so is the fitness!!! To keep in line with this, I prepared the lifeguards a tasty WWF SASSI Green List  hake curry. We shared it, swapped stories, and had a laugh along the way. The crew ate whatever was left after the scene was shot.


It was cooking!


Learning the ropes

Hayden preparing curry, behind the scenes

Getting hungry for some curry!

Hayden with the lifeguards

Feeling at home!

Hayden with his surf board

Surf’s up!

Hayden Quinn in a pink shirt

Hermanus Has It All

Hermanus really does have it all, doesn’t it? I mean, you see it as soon as you drive into the town. On the left, the Walker Bay vineyards. (Again. How many vineyards can one country have?! I don’t know how you all don’t drink wine all the time.) On the right, ocean.

In the middle, that small town vibe you come to love about Hermanus.


And on top of this all, just outside of Hermanus is the Klein River: a jaw-shatteringly pretty and quaint river. And I was supposed to cook there?! Luckily, I had renowned Stanford cook – Mariana Esterhuizen – who knew the river like the back of her hand, and could take me through her delicious duck breast dish.

Hayden Quinn boarding a River Rat pontoon

Come aboard the River Rat!

Hayden Quinn and local cook, in front of a river

Me and Mariana, on the Klein River

After polishing off my Spiced Apple and Meringue Eton Mess, we headed back to town, and I bought whale postcards that I hoped I could use as fake proof that I spotted some spouters. (In the Whale Watching Capital of the World, why am I the only one who didn’t spot a whale?! We even went back in Whale season and I still didn’t see any!!!!)

I also had a chance to explore the shoreline. I even braved a morning swim in the tidal pool in front of our hotel, signing off with a girly squeal as I jumped in – it was fresh!!!!. The day was overcast and the water was grey – but that only made the mountainous shoreline even more dramatic.

Hayden cooking on the Walker Bay coast

Being a coastal cook

And yes, Lars (the show’s director) forced me into a pink t-shirt.

A really tight, really pink one which he now happily owns. It did match the beautiful protea flowers of Gaansbaai, but still…that one had to stay in SA!!!!

Hayden Quinn in a pink shirt

How pink is this shirt???

Photobooth poses at the launch

HQSA Premier – Hayden Quinn South Africa


Hayden Quinn South Africa had been scheduled for 14 July for a long time – and when the time came there was nothing more that any of us could do, except to celebrate. And celebrate we most certainly did! The crew and our guests joined us on the balcony of The Expresso Show’s studio, where we had fun and acted out some of the scenes from episode one.

Hayden Quinn standing at the top of Table Mountain, having prepared his Yellowtail Crudo meal.

Preparing Yellowtail Crudo on Table Mountain

It was awesome. To warm everyone up there was an open fire, with SASSI green list fish to braai. Well, the fish were marshmallows and were meant to be dunked into dark chocolate; in reality in episode one I went up Table Mountain to prepare Yellowtail Crudo, so the marshmallow impersonation was a less-extreme, and slightly sweeter version of this.

Sticks, marshmallow fish on the Expresso studio roof, to roast over the fire.

The marshmallow fish braai at the HQSA launch

Looking up at Table Mountain from the ground, you think, mmmmm its big, its tall, it’s a massive massive table, but! Has anyone ever mentioned to you just how high it is? It’s pretty freaking high. And on top of this, the crew had organised for me to abseil down it! Luckily, Lars (our director) was wearing an exceptionally tight, pink shirt (that he continually attempted to get me to wear – all tight shirts are in HQSA have come via Lars!) I convinced him would look great on national television. So, I tricked him into heading off first and he scaled the mountain in my place.

(Also, I’ve been copping a lot of grief because of this fear ever since. People seem to think that riding big waves and climbing big things are similar. Well, I don’t see it that way.)

To carry on the bobotie-theme (which we made in Bo-Kaap in episode one), we were treated to bobotie that we served out of a pumpkin. And that one pumpkin? It fed about 40 of us. Awesome.

Zainie and me in Bo-Kaap

Zainie and me in Bo-Kaap

Eventually the brown popcorn-filled bags were handed out, the couches were prepped, and the screening begun (right in the middle of my intro speech!). So I shut up, sat down, and glued my eyes to the screen.

Hayden watching Hayden Quinn South Africa

Me watching me watching me.

What made it really special was that a lot of us (the crew) hadn’t even seen the first episode yet, so I kept on getting comments like the ones from our cameraman, Brad (2nd cameraman), saying things like ‘ah they used my GoPro shot!’ And that made it such fun as HQSA became a reality to all of us.

Also, I got to have another go at Lars for his tight pink shirt which was good fun.

Thanks to all who came, and don’t forget to tune into HQSA next week!

Photobooth at HQSA launch

Some of the HQSA Team

I'm 100% organic

I’m 100% organic

Babotie forks

Bobotie forks

Photobooth poses at the launch

Expresso presenters joining in on some sustainability fun