James Gaag

James Gaag

Claire Gunn

Current Executive chef, La Colombe
Born 11 December 1988, Mainburg, Germany
Training Silwood School of Cookery
Work history Jardine Restaurant; Greenhouse; Terroir; Maze; Nobu; Raymond Blanc’s Restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford; executive chef of La Colombe since 2014.
Inspiration “As the son of a German chef and confectionary teacher, I was exposed to, and inspired by, cooking from a young age.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Patina Steak & Fine Wine
Best fine-dining restaurant La Petite Colombe
Best wine farm restaurant Jordan Restaurant
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Kyoto Garden Japanese Restaurant
Best new restaurant Epice
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Aubergine Restaurant
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Four & Twenty Café
Best hole-in-the-wall Jason Bakery
Best overall restaurant experience Protégé; Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal Four & Twenty Café
For a special occasion Foxcroft
For a guilty pleasure Fish Hoek Fisheries
For a Winelands experience Jordan Restaurant
For authentic cuisine South China Dim Sum
Best new restaurant Bao Down
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