HALL of FAME

Silwood graduates have done South Africa proud, in local and international kitchens. A definite indication that Silwood is making its mark in the work place. Alicia and Carianne Wilkinson travel extensively to visit Silwood graduates working in top international restaurants around the world, bringing back the latest food trends.

James Gaag

James Gaag

Head Chef - La Colombe

Graduate of 2011
@chef_james_gaag

James is the executive chef of SA’s No 1 EAT OUT award winning restaurant, La Colombe.  He has been nominated for The Best Chef in the World Awards 2022.  He is also a co-owner of La Petite Colombe, Pier, The Waterside, Protégé and Epice.

James worked under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in the UK after graduating from Silwood.

La Colombe achievements:

  • Eat Out No 1 Restaurant 2019
  • World’s 50 Best (81st) 2021
  • Trip Advisor – Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World (13th) 2021
  • Trip Advisor – Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Africa 2021
  • World Culinary Awards – Best Restaurant in Africa 2021

Katlego Mlambo

Katlego Mlambo

Celebrity Chef

Graduate of 2011
@i_amkatlego

Award Winning TV Chef with 2 Food Network cooking shows under his belt, The Inside Job and Everyday Wow with Chef Katlego.

Katlego won the 2019 Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star Award and the Best Pop Up Experience at the 4th Annual Luxe Restaurant Awards.

Katlego honed his skills working for both the La Colombe and The Test Kitchen groups.  He then made a name for himself as head chef at Marabi Jazz Club and is now moving to London as head chef of Kudu Restaurant.

John Norris-Rodgers

John Norris-Rodgers

Head Chef - Pier Restaurant

Graduate of 2012
Rogers  @johnnorrisrogers

Opening Head Chef of the award winning La Petit Colombe Restaurant in Franschhoek.  Now the newly appointed Head Chef of Pier Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront.  Previously Head Chef of La Colombe Restaurant, Constantia.

Restaurant achievements:

La Petit Colombe:

  • Trip Advisor  – Best Fine Dining Restaurant,  Africa, Runner up 2021
  • Trip Advisor – Traveler’s Choice 2020
  • 50 Best Discovery – 2019

Pier:

  • Best New Restaurant at Lux Awards (after only being open for 3 months)
Tyron Gentry

Tyron Gentry

Head chef - The Test Kitchen Carbon

Graduate of 2017
@chef_gentry

Previously, Senior Sous chef under Luke Dale-Roberts of the multi award-winning restaurant, The Test Kitchen Cape Town. Tyron now takes on role of Head Chef at the newly opened The Test Kitchen Carbon. Tyron also worked under Michelin Star chef, Jan Hendrick at his Restaurant Jan in Nice, France.

 

Charné Sampson

Charné Sampson

Head Chef - Epice

Graduate of 2016
@chef_charne_sampson

Charné Sampson is one of the youngest 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs, and heads up the Indian inspired, flavour-filled Epice Restaurant at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, which is one of a number of restaurants in the La Colombe Restaurant Group.

Epice achievements:

  • World Culinary Awards – Best New Restaurant in Africa 2021

Annalize Buchanan & Ollie Swart

Annalize Buchanan & Ollie Swart

Caterers - Annalize Catering

Graduates of 1988 & 2013
@annalizebuchanan & @chefollie

Annalize Catering, South Africa’s most sought-after caterers. This graduate team are the chosen caterers for high-end events and the country’s elite.

Tracy-Leigh Gaag

Tracy-Leigh Gaag

Chef - Owner, Four & Twenty Café

Graduate of 2008
@fourandtwentycafe

Tracy is a force to be reckoned with. With a calm and elegant, yet intelligible manner she has navigated her way from Silwood graduate to founder and owner of two branches of a successful and recognised food business, the award winning Four & Twenty Cafe.

Nerita Bharuth

Nerita Bharuth

Product Developer

Graduate of 2011
@07nerita

Nerita was a recipient of the Woolworths Taste Bursary.  She has made a name for herself in product development and meal solutions, currently working for Pick ‘n Pay.

Roxie Mudie

Roxie Mudie

Head Chef - Waterside Restaurant

Graduate of 2016
@roxymudie

Opening head chef of the new Waterside restaurant at the V&A Waterfront, part of the award winning La Colombe Group. Previously Roxy was Sous Chef of the esteemed Protégé in Franschoek.

Matt van den Berg

Matt van den Berg

Head Sous Chef - La Petite Colombe Owner - How Bao Now

Graduate of 2018
@matt_vdbcpt

Top graduate of 2019. Matt moved from The Test Kitchen to the La Colombe Group.  Another Silwood entrepreneur having opened his award winning How Bao Now during lock down, winner of Street Food Experience of the Year at the 2022 Lux Awards

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

Food Stylist

Graduate of 1997
@food_styling_with_lisa_clark

Renowned South African food stylist and cook book author.

Jacques Grove

Jacques Grove

Head Chef - The Bailey

Graduate of 2019
@justdoingjacques

Jacques can be found at the helm of The Bailey’s state-of-the art kitchens, Liam Tomlin’s Three-in-One Culinary Destination on Bree.

Robert Garlick

Robert Garlick

Pastry Chef

Graduate of 2003
@robbiegarlick

Robert worked at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and multi-award winning Dinner Restaurant.  He then moved to Raymond Blanc’s famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and works as Group pastry chef for D.Ream Dogus Restaurant in Turkey.  Robert also cooks for the rich and famous on the seas on the Med.

Ruth Hinks

Ruth Hinks

Chocolatier

Graduate of 1993
@ruthhinks

UK World Chocolate Master, TV judge for Hairy Bikers Chocolate Challenge.  Another Silwood entrepreneur with her award-winning, Cocoa Black Shop & Chocolate School situated in the Scottish Borders, visited by celebrities, royals and blissed-out chocolate lovers from around the world.

Kerry Kilpin

Kerry Kilpin

Head Chef - Bistro 1682 & Tryn

Graduate of 2003
@kerrykilpin

Kerry started her food career working under La Colombe founder, Chef Franck Dangereux and later at The Foodbarn.

She is now Head Chef of Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82 and Tryn Restaurants

 

Lehlohonolo Tlhapuletsa

Lehlohonolo Tlhapuletsa

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2009

Hloni works as a yacht chef, travelling to exotic locations between the Med and the Caribbean.

Annalize Sainsbury

Annalize Sainsbury

Caterer

Graduate of 1994
@annalize.sainsbury

Matthew Tordoff

Matthew Tordoff

Product Developer - Woolworths

Graduate of 2012
@mrtordoff

Matthew honed his skills at Raymond Blanc‘s famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and then at Heston Blumenthal’s multi-award winning Dinner Restaurant before joining the Woolworths Team as product developer.

Angie Steel

Angie Steel

Owner of Angie's Little Food Shop

Graduate of 2000

Angie spent 8 years working with Gordon Ramsay. In 2010 Angie was Executive Head Chef of The Recipe when they won UK Caterer of the Year. She then branched into teaching before launching her very own, Angie’s Little Food Shop, encompassing everything she loves about food and lifestyle.

Talya Prince

T.S. Prince and Co Bespoke chefs items

Graduate of 2006

Talya worked at at La Colombe and The Foodbarn under chef Franck Dangereux.be In 2009 she moved to the UK to work at Le Gavroche under Michel Roux. In 2011 she moved to the The Fat Duck . In 2013 she opened  T.S. Prince and Co Bespoke chefs items

Roxy Floquet

Food Stylist

Graduate of 2004

Roxy Floquet website

Sarah Hunter

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2015

Jonathan Gargan

Executive chef at Cape Point Vineyard

Graduate of 2003

He previously worked as Executive chef at Ellerman House and Executive chef at Cape Royale

http://www.capetownetc.com/food-and-drink/take-easy-cape-point-vineyards/

Kirsty Rowett

Experiential food marker and owner of Source Management

Jeanri van der Watt

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2009

Glenda Philp

Head of Brand Communications for Food at Woolworths

Graduate of 1990

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Founder of The Food Design Agency

Graduate of 2003

Founder of The Food Design Agency – a world renowned creative food business focusing on new product development, food styling and photography.

Justine Kiggen

Food Stylist

Graduate of 1991

Justine Kiggen webiste

Nik Tonglet

Owner De Houtloods in Netherlands

Graduate of 2012

Went from the kitchen of Luke Dale-Roberts no 1 restaurant, The Test Kitchen, to running Luke’s The Pot Luck Club pop up in Switzerland. He then headed to Copenhagen to work at, the then San Pelligrino no 1 restaurant, Noma, under René Redzepi. Nik now heads up his own restaurant, De Houtloods in Netherlands.

Luisa Furello

Food Stylist

Graduate of 2003

Luisa Furello website

Kate Marek

Sous Chef at at Google Head Office London

Graduate of 2002

Kate went on to be the Private Chef for Formula 1racing team, Sous Chef at Lexington Catering before taking up the position of Sous Chef at at Google Head Office London.

Rosie While

Product developer Marks & Spencers UK

Graduate 2012

Went straight from 3rd year at Silwood into a product developer position at Marks & Spencers UK

Sandra Nobre

Celebrity Chef

Graduate of 2013

Sandra has her own cookery show on Fox Television airing in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique
http://www.24kitchen.pt/chefs/sandra-nobre

Mischa de Winter

Owner of catering business Senses Fine Foods

Graduate of 2001

Mischa is working for the oldest cookery school in Holland called La Cuisine Franchise Amsterdam and runs his own catering business Senses Fine Foods.

Fay Clark

Head of New Product development at Woolworths

Graduate of 2000