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Pnina Fenster

About This Project

In celebration of the Aubergine and Ricotta Fettuccine on the Autumn Menu named after Pnina Fenster, the editor of GLAMOUR Magazine, we had the wonderful experience to interview her.

 

Pnina Fenster

 

How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and the dish in particular?

Societi Bistro is one of my most favourite restaurants in the world, so I am totally thrilled and honoured. (Also, I know that I am not alone in this, but I am mad about the owner.) 

 

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

Anything that involved words, stories, creative ideas and sparkly clothes, so I reckon it worked out pretty well in the end.

 

What does a typical day in your working life look like?

Meditation, coffee, meetings, creative people, commercial people, management people, conference calls, more coffee, phone calls, emails, images, words, information, inspiration, coffee. And a strong possibility of sparkly clothes. What’s not to love? 

 

One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?

The Chanel catwalk show in Paris — a vast space that was entirely Brasserie-themed, from plate-shaped handbags to the smell of coffee and toast wafting over the fabulously fashionable crowd, and right down to the floor tiles. Utterly delicious!

Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Brasserie show Pnina Fenster attended.

Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Brasserie show Pnina Fenster attended.

 

What is your favourite question to ask a prospective employee?

I don’t have a favourite question, but there is one thing I almost always say, and it goes like this: ‘ There will be days when you like me and days when you don’t like me, and I would rather we like each other all the time, every day, but that’s not my job. My job is to give you a platform and to help ensure that you shine as brilliantly as you are able.’ 

 

What is your favourite leisure activity?

In no particular order: Travelling, reading, writing, rituals, movies, theatre, eating, exploring, hours and hours of series, and hanging out with my honey. 

 

Who is your favourite South African clothing or home ware designer?

Mervyn Gers makes the best crockery — a beautiful blend of form and function. On the fashion front, there are many wonderful talents whose clothes I love to wear, and Marianne Fassler, Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGDT and Elaine Du Plessis are right at the top of the list. 

 

What is your favourite food to indulge in?

We did say indulge, did we not? In which case… chocolate, oysters, salmon, champagne cocktails — you know the kind of thing (even if all that’s in my fridge is a tub of yoghurt and an apple!)

 

Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?

There are so many memories, but ones I hold extremely dear are two times when we celebrated GLAMOUR birthdays here with the editorial team. Both experiences encompassed everything I love about this establishment: the glorious blend of warmth, sophistication and glamour, the sensational food, the fantastic service, the convivial setting and the impression that one is in the home of a stunningly talented and generous friend.  

Societi Bistro - Pnina Fenster

 
 

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