Reuben Riffel

Reuben Riffel

Started out in construction before branching into the restaurant industry. Served as barman and waiter at Chamonix Restaurant before becoming sous and executive chef. Became head chef at Franschhoek-based Monneaux Restaurant. Earned international experience and recognition at 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 Capital in Johannesburg in 2018, and Reuben’s and Co Café at Val de Vie in 2019.

Published Reuben at Home. Appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and the Today Show. Served as MasterChef South Africa and MasterChef SA Celebrity guest judge. Recipient of SA Chef of the Year and Unilever Chef of the Year awards.

Current Chef and restaurateur at Reuben’s restaurants in Franschhoek, One&Only, and The Capital Hotel in Johannesburg; chef-owner of Racine at Chamonix; co-owner of Tap|Eat in Franschhoek; Reuben’s and Co Café at Val de Vie

Restaurants he rates 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,/h2>

For a casual meal Decameron in Stellenbosch
For a special occasion Nobu at 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