Reuben Riffel

Reuben Riffel

Current Chef and restaurateur, Reuben’s in Franschhoek and The Ivy Hotel in Johannesburg; co-owner of Tap|Eat, Franschhoek Brewing Company, Arkeste Restaurant, Reuben’s and Co Café at Val de Vie, RiffelCarstens private dining and consulting.
Born 23 December 1974, Franschhoek
Training In service at Chamonix-Moneaux restaurants
Work history Sous and executive chef at Chamonix Restaurant; head chef at Monneaux Restaurant; Bruno’s Brasserie (Cambridge, England); opened Reuben’s branches in Franschhoek, Robertson Small Hotel, One&Only; opened Racine at Chamonix in 2013; opened Reuben’s @ The Ivy Hotel in Johannesburg in 2018, and Reuben’s and Co Café at Val de Vie in 2019; authored four cookbooks; MasterChef South Africa and MasterChef SA Celebrity guest judge.
Inspiration “Other chefs such as Neil Perry, Heston Blumenthal, Nobu. Inspirational homecooks, farmers and passionate producers and suppliers.”
Restaurants Reuben’s restaurants in Franschhoek and The Ivy Hotel; co-owner Arkeste at Chamonix; Reuben’s and Co Café at Val de Vie

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Big Dog Café in Franschhoek
Best fine-dining restaurant La Colombe
Best wine farm restaurant The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine De Cameron; Obi Restaurant
Best new restaurant Jewells
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Baia
Best hole-in-the-wall South China Dim Sum Bar
Best overall restaurant experience La Colombe

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal Villa 47
For a special occasion The Test Kitchen
For a guilty pleasure a plate of langoustines [Norway lobster] at Baia Seafood Restaurant.
For a Winelands experience The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Estate.
For authentic cuisine Nobu at One&Only Cape Town.
Best new restaurant FYN
Best “oldie but goodie” 95 Keerom
The best restaurant overall La Colombe

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal Decameron in Stellenbosch
For a special occasion Nobu, One&Only Cape Town
For a healthy meal Obi Restaurant
For a quick bite: La Tête
For a Winelands experience The Restaurant at Waterkloof
For authentic cuisine Obi Restaurant
The best restaurant overall La Colombe