Current Chef-owner, The Kitchen, Woodstock
Born 5 January 1968, Cape Town
Training Kitchens in America and England, mostly self-taught
Work history Worked in kitchens since the mid-90s; started her own catering company in 1999. Opened The Kitchen in 2009.
Inspiration “Flavours that sing.”
Restaurants The Kitchen, Woodstock
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Restaurants she rates in 2020
Best fine-dining restaurant La Colombe, Janse & Co, Upper Bloem, Majeka House
Best wine farm restaurant Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia; Overture
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Hesheng Chinese Restaurant
Best new restaurant Fire Monkey
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Café Olympia
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Île de Païn, Knysna
Best hole-in-the-wall Ghazala’s Food & Café