David Schneider

David Schneider

Claire Gunn

Current Head chef and co-owner, Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Born 4 April 1986, Johannesburg
Training The International Hotel School in Johannesburg
Work history The Saxon (under chef Rudi Liebenberg); Roots at Forum Homini (under chef Allistaire Lawrence); Attic in Parkhurst (under chef Thomas Hughes); The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida; DW11-13 in Joburg (under chef Marthinus Ferreira); chef de partie at The Test Kitchen (under chef Luke Dale Roberts);  junior sous chef at The Pot Luck Club (under chef Wesley Randles); two-year internship at Ryan Boon‘s Speciality Meats in Paarl; joint head chef at Chefs Warehouse & Canteen with Jason Kosmas (under chef Liam Tomlin); senior sous chef at Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia (with chef Ivor Jones); opened Chefs Warehouse at Maison with chef Liam Tomlin in November 2017.
Inspiration “Passionate suppliers and South African produce.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Bao Down
Best fine-dining restaurant The Test Kitchen
Best wine farm restaurant The Table at De Meye 
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Thali
Best new restaurant Jewells
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time The Pot Luck Club; The Foodbarn
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Vadas Smokehouse at Spier; Jason Bakery (Bree Street or Green Point)
Best hole-in-the-wall The Commissary
Best overall restaurant experience The Werf at Boschendal; Overture

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal Vadas Smokehouse
For a special occasion Shortmarket Club; Le Coin Francais
For a guilty pleasure Vadas Smokehouse
For a Winelands experience Pierneef à La Motte; Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
For authentic cuisine Kyoto Garden Japanese Restaurant; Thali
Best new restaurant FYN; Belly of the Beast
Best “oldie but goodie” Table at De Meye
The best restaurant overall The Test Kitchen