Rudi Liebenberg

Rudi Liebenberg

Current Executive chef, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s Planet Restaurant
Born Johannesburg
Training Wits Hotel School
Work history Durban’s Tropicana Hotel; executive chef at Sheraton Pretoria Hotel; executive chef at The Michelangelo Hotel Sandton; principal-chef at Prue Leith Chefs Academy; executive chef at The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa; executive chef at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (since 2009).
Inspiration “Sketches, ingredients, and working on no-waste items.”

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Bao Down
Best fine-dining restaurant Overture
Best wine farm restaurant Jordan Restaurant
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Nonna Lina
Best new restaurant Jewells
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time Aubergine Restaurant
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Nonna Lina; Moro Gelato
Best hole-in-the-wall Jason Bakery

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal Black Sheep Restaurant
For a special occasion Jardine Restaurant
For a guilty pleasure Nonna Lina
For a Winelands experience Overture by Bertus Basson
For authentic cuisine South China Dim Sum Bar
Best new restaurant Bao Down
Best “oldie but goodie” Aubergine
The best restaurant overall The Foodbarn; Nobu

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal South China Dim Sum Bar
For a special occasion Aubergine
For a healthy meal Sexy Food (closed)
For a quick bite Hartlief Deli in Gardens Shopping Centre
For a Winelands experience Jardine Restaurant
For authentic cuisine Sundoo
The best restaurant overall La Colombe

Restaurants he rates in 2017

The Woodlands Eatery; Chef’s Table at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel; Aubergine