In a further effort to raise funds for his team at Marble and Saint restaurants, Chef David Higgs will be taking on a 360km ultra-endurance virtual cycle, starting at 15h00 on Friday, 24 April 2020. The cycle is in aid of raising awareness for his staff fund which sees all proceeds from the sale of his book, Mile 8: A book about cooking, go towards supporting the teams from Marble and Saint. David will ride the virtual cycle together with fellow Team Saint member, Stuart Johnston.
He is hoping to sell one book per kilometer we ride: “We have such an incredible team at Marble and Saint – they bring the restaurants to life every day, and now it’s our turn to support them,” David explains. “Although initially I wasn’t keen to take up Stuart’s invitation to ride the virtual event, I realised that it would be a great opportunity for me to raise funds for my staff – one kilometer, one book sold.”
The Marble Group, founded by David and his business partner Gary Kyriacou, made the decision to close both Marble and Saint restaurants on 16 March in response to COVID-19 and government’s call for social distancing. Since then, the staff from both restaurants have been unable to work.
David was due to cycle the now cancelled 2020 Absa Cape Epic along with teammates from Team Saint – Cherise Willeit, Nicky Gilliomee and Stuart Johnston. Despite the cancellation, David has remained fit during lockdown using his stationary smart trainer and the Zwift cycling app to ride daily. He has also grown his Instagram (@davidhiggschef) following, showing a fun quirkier side with his “#whatsinyourfridge” challenge and daily master class cooking demo’s.
“Marble and Saint have an incredible following, and we are so grateful for the support we have already received for our fund,” David says. “By signing up to this virtual challenge, I hope to appeal to a whole new market and add to the fund.”
With over 90 dishes and 150 recipes influenced by the journey of Higgs’ career, Mile 8 is a culinary adventure bringing together the unique and interesting flavours of Southern Africa. Impala Tartare, Snoek & Apricot, Amadumbe & Chakalaka, and his version of the classic Malva Pudding are just some of the delights to be found in this wonderfully illustrated book. The book is available for purchase via the Marble website. The book costs R400, with all proceeds going to the fund.
“My mountain bike performance coach, Dr Mike Postumus, thinks I can finish in around 15 hours, which is a good goal for me,” David adds, “But we’ll see on the day – follow me on Instagram to find out.”