Gregory Czarnecki

Gregory Czarnecki

Worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, including Restaurant Senderens (with mentor and three-starred Michelin chef Alain Senderens), Lucas Carton and Pergolèse. Became head chef at The Restaurant at Waterkloof in 2009.

Opened and did recipe design and menu conceptualisation for leading Brussels, Genève and Lyon restaurants. Won SA Chef of the Year in 2016, and Restaurant of the Year for The Restaurant at Waterkloof in 2018.

Current Head chef at The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal Might not be in the casual meal category, but Longridge Restaurant offers great food cooked with love and passion, and with service to match. Always a pleasure to spend a lunch or a dinner there.

For a special occasion Rust en Vrede

For a guilty pleasure Fetta Di Cielo in Somerset West. My Sunday-night pizza takeaway. It’s tradition. Order the Regina extra crispy, I add sliced avo and grate some Parmesan when I get home. This combined with some Netflix catch-up. Great evening.

For a Winelands experience Overture. Bertus is the king at cooking local ingredients and taking it to the next level. With great views over the Winelands, you are in for a treat.

For authentic cuisine Genki Sushi Bar & Japanese Tapas in Stellenbosch. Japanese cuisine and sushi with a modern twist. Always a pleasure to eat there. Nice setting and intimate atmosphere. Order the Crazy Boy [roll], you won’t be disappointed.

Best “oldie but goodie” La Pineta on the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. Old-school but I go in winter for a good steak and a glass of wine by the fireplace.

The best restaurant overall Fermier Restaurant in Pretoria, amazing experience when I went to Gauteng last year. Great setting, amazing ambience, service and cuisine were top-notch.

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal Pajamas & Jam Eatery
For a special occasion Rust en Vrede
For a quick bite Schoon Bakery
For a Winelands experience Camphors at Vergelegen
For authentic cuisine Longridge Restaurant
The best restaurant overall Greenhouse

Restaurants he rated in 2017

Rust en Vrede