Arno Janse van Rensburg

Arno Janse van Rensburg

Started at Die Ou Pastorie, where he washed dishes and peeled onions for six months. Studied professional cooking in Stellenbosch. Worked with Mike Bassett, then Richard Carstens, at Shoga & Ginja restaurant.

Did stints at various restaurants in Melbourne and Copenhagen, before returning to South Africa and opening The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek in 2011. Worked there until 2017, when he moved to the city and opened Janse & Co with his partner, Liezl Odendaal. The stylish Kloof Street eatery quickly earned a place as one of the top-rated restaurants in Cape Town.

Current Chef-patron at Janse & Co

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal South China Dim Sum
For a special occasion Wolfgat
For a guilty pleasure The Creamery (for waffles, ice cream and marshmallows); Swan Café for the delicious pancakes.
For a Winelands experience Camphors at Vergelegen
Best new restaurant FYN
Best “oldie but goodie” Magica Roma; Marika’s in Gardens