Nic van Wyk

Nic van Wyk

Current Head of destination, Haute Cabrière
Born 13 May 1979, Pretoria
Training Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA)
Work history First worked at La Colombe under Franck Dangereux; opened Terroir in 2004 with chef Michael Brighton; worked at Klein Zalze; opened Diemersdal farm eatery in 2012; TV career on Kokkedoor; opened Bistro 13 in 2014; Haute Cabrière since 2017.
Inspiration “I have a penchant for peasant food, from Provence and North Africa to the Little Karoo, to which I enjoy bringing a modern sensibility. I look to the seasonal: freshly grown, just-harvested and local treasures for inspiration.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Joostenberg Bistro
Best fine-dining restaurant Jordan Restaurant
Best wine farm restaurant Jewells
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Willoughby & Co
Best new restaurant Arkeste
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time The Foodbarn
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure The Kitchen in Woodstock
Best hole-in-the-wall De Vrije Burger
Best overall restaurant experience Jardine Restaurant