Chris Erasmus

Chris Erasmus

Country Life

Current Chef-owner, Foliage
Born 8 November 1976, Nylstroom
Training Elsa van der Nest Culinary Academy
Work history Chef at Five Flies Restaurant & Bar in Cape Town; chef at two Michelin-starred Pied à Terre in London; worked at Noma in Copenhagen; Per Se in USA; Olympe in Brazil; Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam; Ikarus in Salzburg; Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek (under chef Margot Janse); head chef at Pierneef à la Motte; launched Foliage (with wife Alisha) in 2014.
Inspiration “I developed a passion for the culinary craft in my mom’s vegetable garden and kitchen at a young age.”
Restaurants Foliage; Four Square Club at Moreson Wine

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Leopard’s Leap
Best fine-dining restaurant Salsify at The Roundhouse
Best wine farm restaurant Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine South China Dim Sum Bar
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time The Foodbarn
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Footlong Gatsby at the parade
Best hole-in-the-wall Burgers and Muscle Cars [aka Three Feathers Diner] in Salt River
Best overall restaurant experience Jewells

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal South China Dim Sum Bar
For a special occasion Le Coin Français
For a guilty pleasure Jason Bakery in Sea Point
For a Winelands experience Chefs Warehouse at Maison
For authentic cuisine Burgers and Muscle Cars [aka Three Feathers Diner] in Salt River
Best “oldie but goodie” The Foodbarn