Carolize Coetzee

Carolize Coetzee

Current Executive chef, Tokara Restaurant
Born 6 September 1990, Vryburg
Training Hurst Campus (The Culinary Academy)
Work history Delaire Graff (under Christiaan Campbell); Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House; Haute Cabrière; Equus at Cavalli; Cuvée at Simonsig; head chef at Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wines in 2016; executive chef at Tokara Restaurant since 2018.
Inspiration “Indigenous ingredients from the Stellenbosch/Banhoek area. Produce from our organic vegetable and herb garden. Nostalgic traditions and food memories from our childhoods.”

Restaurants she rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
Best fine-dining restaurant FYN
Best wine farm restaurant Overture; The Werf at Boschendal
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Genki; FYN
Best new restaurant Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time De Cameron; Aubergine Restaurant
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Schoon
Best hole-in-the-wall Wolfgat
Best overall restaurant experience Wolfgat

Restaurants she rates in 2019

For a casual meal Foxcroft
For a special occasion Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House
For a guilty pleasure De Vrije Burger
For a Winelands experience Overture
For authentic cuisine Genki
Best new restaurant Janse & Co
Best “oldie but goodie” Decameron
The best restaurant overall Wolfgat