Arno Janse van Rensburg

Arno Janse van Rensburg

Current Chef-patron, Janse & Co
Born 1985, Bredasdorp
Training Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA)
Work history Die Ou Pastorie; Shonga & Ginja Restaurant (with Mike Bassett, then Richard Carstens); stints at various restaurants in Melbourne and Copenhagen; opened The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek in 2011; opened Janse & Co (with partner Liezl Odendaal) in December 2017.
Inspiration “​Ingredients; nature; other cooks in the industry; like-minded people.”
Restaurants Chef-patron, Janse & Co

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Babushka Deli at Hazendal
Best fine-dining restaurant Wolfgat
Best wine farm restaurant Arkeste on Chamonix
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Bihari for authentic Indian food; HeSheng for Chinese
Best new restaurant Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Maria’s Greek Cafe in Dunkley Square
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Jason Bakery
Best hole-in-the-wall Unframed Ice Cream

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal South China Dim Sum
For a special occasion Wolfgat
For a guilty pleasure The Creamery; Swan Café
For a Winelands experience Camphors at Vergelegen
Best new restaurant FYN
Best “oldie but goodie” Magica Roma; Marika’s Restaurant