Michelle Theron

Michelle Theron


Current Executive chef, Avant-Garde Restaurant at Hazendal Wine Estate
Born 4 November, Cape Town
Training Hospitality and Catering at Boland College in Stellenbosch
Work history De Volkskombuis and De Oewer in Stellenbosch; chef at Laborie; chef at Cape Grace Hotel (alongside the late Chef Bruce Robertson); Michelin-starred restaurants in Holland; executive chef at Pierneef à La Motte in 2014; head chef of Avant-Garde Restaurant at Hazendal Wine Estate since 2018.

Restaurants she rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Pajamas & Jam Eatery
Best fine-dining restaurant The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Best wine farm restaurant Cavalli
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Genki in Stellenbosch
Best new restaurant Jewells
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Man’Oushe Lebanese Restaurant in Stellenbosch
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Jason Bakery
Best hole-in-the-wall The General Store

Restaurants she rated in 2019

For a casual meal La Tête
For a special occasion Gåte at Quoin Rock
For a guilty pleasure Vadas Smokehouse
For a Winelands experience The Restaurant at Waterkloof
For authentic cuisine Obi Restaurant
Best new restaurant Gåte at Quoin Rock
Best “oldie but goodie” The Foodbarn
The best restaurant overall The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Restaurants she rated in 2018

For a casual meal Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery [now Vadas Smokehouse] at Spier Wine Farm
For a special occasion La Mouette
For a healthy meal Raw & Roxy Vegan Cafe
For a quick bite Jason Bakery
For a Winelands experience Chefs Warehouse at Maison
For authentic cuisine Thali
The best restaurant overall The Pot Luck Club