Trained as a photographer and chef in Stellenbosch before pursuing a culinary career in France. Opened JAN in Nice, France, in 2013 and became the first South African chef to receive a Michelin star (2016). Opened Maria, opposite JAN in 2017.
Has published two books, The French Affair and JAN – A Breath of French Air.
Developed a passion for the culinary arts during his upbringing on a farm outside of Middleburg, Mpumalanga; and credits his mother and grandmother for nurturing his talent from a young age.
Current Executive chef at Restaurant JAN, editor-in-chief of JAN the Journal
Restaurants he rates in 2019
For a casual meal El Burro Taqueria
For a special occasion The Test Kitchen; The Shortmarket Club
For a guilty pleasure Swan Café; Lefties for a burger
For a Winelands experience Table at De Meye
For authentic cuisine Wolfgat
Best new restaurant Janse & Co; Belly of the Beast; Salsify at The Roundhouse
Best “oldie but goodie” Il Leone Mastrantonio; La Perla
The best restaurant overall La Tête
Restaurants he rated in 2018
For a casual meal La Tête
For a special occasion Greenhouse
For a healthy meal Plant Cafe
For a quick bite The Power & The Glory
For a Winelands experience Creation Wines
For authentic cuisine Thali; Obi Restaurant
The best restaurant overall The Test Kitchen
Restaurants he rated in 2017
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street; La Colombe; Greenhouse; Ash Restaurant [relaunched as Riverine Rabbit in 2018]; The Shortmarket Club; Willoughby & Co; Mano’s; Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room; Benguela on Main; Thali, Hemelhuijs; Villa 47; Jason Bakery