Michael Deg

Michael Deg

Current Head chef, Cavalli
Born October 1983, Cape Town
Training Christina Martin School of Food and Wine in Kwa-Zulu Natal
Work history Sous chef at Dylan Boutique Hotel (under Padraic Hayden); chef at Camden Kitchen; head chef at Delaire Graff in 2014 (under Christiaan Campbell); head chef at Cavalli since 2017.
Inspiration “My amazing young team, with whom I work endlessly, trying to improve every day, and after two years together can really see the results in the refinement of dishes – from where they started to where they are now.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery The Fat Butcher
Best fine-dining restaurant The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Best wine farm restaurant Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Thali
Best new restaurant Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Aubergine Restaurant
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery
Best hole-in-the-wall De Vrije Burger
Best overall restaurant experience Eike by Bertus Basson

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal The Fat Butcher
For a special occasion The Restaurant at Waterkloof
For a guilty pleasure De Vrije Burger
For a Winelands experience The Werf at Boschendal
For authentic cuisine Marigold Authentic Indian
Best new restaurant Eike by Bertus Basson
Best “oldie but goodie” Aubergine Restaurant
The best restaurant overall La Colombe and La Petite Colombe

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal Spek & Bone
For a special occasion La Petite Colombe
For a healthy meal Kauai
For a quick bite De Vrije Burger
For a Winelands experience Terroir
For authentic cuisine Marigold Authentic Indian
The best restaurant overall The Restaurant at Waterkloof