Trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, where he was awarded a bursary to study at the Culinary Institute of America. Moved to London, where he cut his teeth at Quo Vadis (with Marco Pierre White at the helm) followed by stints at Michelin-starred restaurants Hambleton Hall (under Aaron Patterson) and Zafferano (under Giorgio Locatelli).
Became head chef at Automat in Mayfair (during which time the restaurant earned top accolades).
Returned to South Africa in 2007, and was appointed executive chef at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.
Became executive chef of Liz McGrath’s The Collection, overseeing five kitchens across the portfolio, and winning numerous awards.
In 2018, he launched FYN, a fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town’s CBD.
Current Chef de patron at FYN
Restaurants he rates in 2019
For a casual meal A Tavola
For a special occasion Camphors at Vergelegen
For a guilty pleasure Pizza from Eat Out The Box
For a Winelands experience Overture
For authentic cuisine Kyoto Garden Sushi
Best new restaurant The Commissary
Best “oldie but goodie” Aubergine
The best restaurant overall Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
Restaurants he rated in 2018
For a casual meal Black Sheep Restaurant
For a special occasion The Test Kitchen
For a healthy meal Hokey Poke
For a quick bite Jerry’s Burger Bar
For a Winelands experience Camphors at Vergelegen
For authentic cuisine Thali
The best restaurant overall Greenhouse
Restaurants he rated in 2017
South China Dim Sum Bar; Burrata; Babel at Babylonstoren; Kyoto Garden Sushi