James Gaag

James Gaag

Claire Gunn

As the son of a German chef and confectionary teacher, James was exposed to cooking from a young age. Studied at Silwood School of Cookery. Worked his way up the ranks at La Colombe before temporarily leaving to work in Raymond Blanc’s Restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford.

Current Executive chef at La Colombe

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal This is obviously biased, but my wife’s café: Four & Twenty Café
For a special occasion Foxcroft, I know it’s a sister restaurant, but Glen is cooking some incredible food there.
For a guilty pleasure The only place for fish and chips: Fish Hoek Fisheries.
For a Winelands experience Jordan Restaurant
For authentic cuisine South China Dim Sum Bar on Long Street.
Best new restaurant I had an incredible meal at Bao Down the other night
Best “oldie but goodie” Belmond Mount Nelson
The best restaurant overall Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal Four & Twenty Café
For a special occasion Jordan Restaurant
For a healthy meal Babel at Babylonstoren
For a quick bite Jason Bakery
For a Winelands experience Overture
For authentic cuisine Marigold Authentic Indian
The best restaurant overall Foxcroft