Chef Eric Bulpitt on Hermanus

The owner of the restaurant at Newton Johnson, 38, on the best wine, coffee and food in Hermanus.

I was born in Walvis Bay, Namibia, and moved to Cape Town in my teens.
The thing I love most about living in the Cape is its natural beauty.
When out-of-towners come to town, I take them to Marianas in Stanford – it’s a great place and the town is lovely and quaint. Also, walks on any of our beautiful beaches and along the vineyards are a must for visitors.
The best restaurant meal I’ve eaten recently was at Chefs Warehouse – Liam [Tomlin] is very talented. Springfontein Eats also has great food.
Another restaurant I enjoy is Just Pure Bistro in Hermanus and I always order the croque-madame.
Annual Cape Town events I always attend are Taste of Cape Town and the Eat Out Awards
My favourite weekend getaway is Elandskloof Guest Farm in Greyton. It’s self-catering and there’s no cellphone reception, which is great if you just want to unplug and have some quality time, make a braai, have some wine and enjoy the nature.
On my bucket list is dinner at The Test Kitchen with the wife, but we are so busy and we have a newborn so we don’t get a lot of free time.
The best coffee in Hermanus is from The Beanery – Michael Bayer makes a fantastic roast.
The best walks in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley are everywhere!
I tried the Banting diet. I get it, but I missed bread too much, so I decided to ditch it. I could always exercise instead, but I do get the point of it to a degree.
Good wines for a special occasion are Gabrielskloof viognier. That said, Newton Johnson’s pinot noir is my favourite, and I also like Hamilton Russell’s pinot noir.
Every (good) chef should have a deep passion for food (respect and appreciate the raw ingredients and the cooking process), be driven and compassionate, and have a heart of servitude.
On Sundays I have bubbly after service.
Money is not everything; happiness is.
Straight after this, I’m going to go and have some more wine – it’s my day off.
When I wake up in the middle of the night I check on my baby.
One day I’ll have my own Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.

Eric Bulpitt is the executive chef and owner of the restaurant at Newton Johnson.
Looking for other places to eat in the area? Check out our Best Restaurants in Hermanus.

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Time of publication: 23 April 2015