Bertus Basson

Bertus Basson

Image by Claire Gunn

Started out at Michelin-starred Chez Bruce (Wandsworth) under Bruce Poole, one of Britain’s top chefs. Opened Arabella Hermanus as a sous chef. Competed in Boscue d’Or, The Culinary Olympics and Global Chefs Challenge. Created All Things Culinary, and Overture restaurant (Hidden Valley) – which was recently listed as the La Liste’s 100 Best Restaurants In The World 2017, along with The Test Kitchen, Aubergine, La Colombe, Rust en Vrede, Greenhouse (The Cellars-Hohenort), The Restaurant at Waterkloof and Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais – with fellow chef and business partner, Craig Cormack.

Current Owner-chef of Overture, Spek & Bone and De Vrije Burger in Stellenbosch; chef at Bertus Basson at Spice Route and The Deck at Hidden Valley.

Restaurants he rates in 2017

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, South China Dim Sum Bar, Ash Restaurant, Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

Restaurants he rates in 2018

For a casual meal: Spek & Bone
For a special occasion: Jardine Restaurant
For a quick bite: De Vrije Burger
For a Winelands experience: The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Estate
For authentic cuisine: South China Dim Sum Bar, Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas
The best restaurant overall: Rust en Vrede


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Time of publication: 05 April 2017