Stephen Raaf

Stephen Raaf

Born in South Africa; grew up in Ontario, Canada, and got his first kitchen job at age 15. Returned to SA, and attended Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town. Graduated with a Grande Diploma, and joined the La Colombe group in 2013, working closely with Scot Kirton and James Gaag at La Colombe, and Glen Williams at Foxcroft. Appointed head chef at Scot Kirton’s Protégé in 2018.

Current Head chef at Protégé at Le Quartier Francais

Restaurants he rates in 2019

For a casual meal If I’m looking for a great place to go and eat that has a laid-back atmosphere but also great food, and amazing drinks, I head to Foxcroft. I always have good meals there.
For a special occasion La Petite Colombe. Delicious food and great service, it’s great for a special occasion.
For a guilty pleasure The Creamery. No doubt, my favourite place: best ice cream in Cape Town and the best representation of flavours. I try to go every time there is a new flavour out or whenever I am in the area.
For a Winelands experience Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia. Great views along with spectacular food and wine. Chefs Warehouse is a great experience. Always has interesting dishes and combinations.
Best new restaurant FYN. Haven’t actually had the chance to go yet, but it’s the number one place I would like to try next. I’ve only heard good things, and from what I’ve seen it looks spectacularly decorated.
Best “oldie but goodie” La Colombe. Seems like a cliché to say La Colombe as I’m part of the family, but in all honesty we all know La Colombe has been around for a long time and has maintained its high standards of food and service the whole time.
The best restaurant overall The Test Kitchen. I love the Dark and Light room experience and, having been the top restaurant in Cape Town for awhile, you know you’re getting good service and food. If you can get in, of course…