Michael Cooke

Michael Cooke

Claire Gunn

Current Executive chef, Camphors at Vergelegen
Born Cape Town
Training Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA)
Work history Haute Cabriere; The Restaurant at Grande Provence; Greenhouse Restaurant at Cellars-Hohenort; The Fat Duck (UK); La Colombe; Camphors at Vergelegen
Inspiration “The growth and development within my team, exploring new techniques, flavours and ingredients, walking through immediate surroundings, escaping to different parts of the Western Cape to discover new inspiration, working with incredibly passionate suppliers and purveyors that inspire new ideas or ways of thinking.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Jerry’s Burger Bar
Best fine-dining restaurant FYN
Best wine farm restaurant Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Wolfgat
Best new restaurant Cause Effect at V&A Waterfront
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time La Colombe
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Jason Bakery
Best hole-in-the-wall The Commissary
Best overall restaurant experience The Test Kitchen