Jess van Dyk

Jess van Dyk

Current Head chef, Protégé
Born 26 March 1991, Kuruman, Northern Cape
Training Silwood School of Cookery
Work history Third year work service at La Colombe; a small catering and food styling company in town; a year on the yachts in the Mediterranean; head chef at La Colombe (under executive chef James Gaag); head chef at Protégé since 2019.
Inspiration “Scot Kirton and James Gaag, and the constant creativity and hard work shown by Ivor Jones. Fellow women chefs Clare Smyth, Dominique Crenn, Anne Sophie Pic and Angela Hartnett, because of their perseverance in the industry and making a mark for other chefs to aspire to.”

Restaurants she rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Bao Down
Best fine-dining restaurant La Colombe
Best wine farm restaurant Jordan Restaurant; Vadas Smokehouse
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Hesheng Chinese Restaurant; The Cousins Trattoria; Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant; Thali
Best new restaurant Epice
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Olympia Café
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Jason Bakery; Vadas Smokehouse
Best hole-in-the-wall The Commissary
Best overall restaurant experience Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia