Studied Hospitality Management at Winchester Mansions, and ended up working under chef Jonathan Staley. Joined the original Jardine Restaurant on Bree Street, and worked as a sous chef for three years under chef and mentor George Jardine. Moved to London and did a stint at The Ledbury, before settling at Trinity in Clapham.
Returned to South Africa after a year to take the head chef position at Jardine. Did a month and a half internship at Noma in Copenhagen (which was the San Pellegrino No.1 restaurant in the world at the time). Served as head chef at The Roundhouse Restaurant under PJ Vadas, and then chef-owner at The Restaurant at Newton Johnson in Hermanus.
Launched Faber at Avondale Estate in 2016, and worked there as chef-owner for two years, before becoming executive chef at Pierneef à La Motte in April 2018. Co-created the menu for Bootlegger Café and Grill in Constantia in 2017.
Current Executive chef at Pierneef à La Motte
Restaurants he rates in 2019
For a casual meal The Green Goose Eatery. Just recently opened in Stellenbosch and it has immediately become a family favourite.
For a special occasion The Restaurant at Waterkloof; Camphors at Vergelegen; and Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia.
For a guilty pleasure De Vrije Burger
For a Winelands experience Jordan Restaurant and Chefs Warehouse at Maison
For authentic cuisine Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas in Stellenbosch for Japanese
Best new restaurant The Green Goose Eatery in Stellenbosch is a must!
The best restaurant overall Wolfgat; Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Restaurants he rated in 2018
For a casual meal Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery [now Vadas Smokehouse] at Spier Wine Farm
For a special occasion Camphors at Vergelegen
For a Winelands experience Restaurant Jardine
For authentic cuisine Knus Karoo Kombuis
The best restaurant overall Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Restaurants he rated in 2017
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street; Vasco da Gama Taverna; Eastern Food Bazaar; Door 221