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.
Head Chef - La Colombe
Graduate of 2011
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
Graduate of 2011
After graduating he became chef de partie at Rust en Vrede but has his very own cookery TV show Kasi-licious. Each week Katlego and a guest visit their favourite eating spot in various townships around the country and then Katlego recreates these dishes for contemporary kitchens. He is now Sous chef for Luke Dale-Roberts Group.
Head Chef Pier Restaurant
Graduate of 2012
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.
La Petit Colombe:
- Trip Advisor – Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Africa, Runner up 2021
- Trip Advisor – Traveler’s Choice 2020
- 50 Best Discovery – 2019
- Best New Restaurant at Lux Awards (after only being open for 3 months)
Head chef & co-owner The Shortmarket Club
Graduate of 2009
Now head chef and co-owner of the
Hloni worked under Peter Templehof at the Greenhouse. He then moved to Miami, Florida where he worked at the Danilel Boulud’s Bistro Modern located at the JW Marriot Marquis Hotel.
He has spent the past 4 years as a yacht chef where he has seen the world whilst working with some of the best high-end produce in the most exotic locations around the world.
Chef for D.Ream Dogus Restaurant
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.
Owner of Four & Twenty Cafe
Head Chef of Bistro 1682
Kerry completed her 3rd year at La Colombe under chef Franck Dangereux. The following year she was promoted to sous chef. Kerry later moved with Franck to The Foodbarn in Noordhoek before taking on the position as head chef at Bistro 1682.
Executive chef for the Londolozi Game Reserve
Founder of The Food Design Agency
Founder of The Food Design Agency – a world renowned creative food business focusing on new product development, food styling and photography.
Executive chef at Cape Point Vineyard
T.S. Prince and Co Bespoke chefs items
Owner of Cocoa Black
Graduate of 1994
Owner of Cocoa Black Ruth represented Australia at the 2000 and 2004 Culinary Olympics, as the team’s pastry chef. Ruth was named Australian Pastry Chef of the Year 2002. In 2008, she launched Cocoa Black, a chocolate school and manufacturer and retailer of luxury handmade chocolates, cakes and patisserie. Ruth’s accolades include UK World Chocolate Master and UK Confectioner of the Year
Owner De Houtloods in Netherlands
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.
Jeanri van der Watt
Head of Brand Communications for Food at Woolworths
Head of New Product development at Woolworths
Experiential food marker and owner of Source Management
Mischa de Winter
Owner of catering business Senses Fine Foods
Mischa is working for the oldest cookery school in Holland called La Cuisine Franchise Amsterdam and runs his own catering business Senses Fine Foods.
Sous Chef at at Google Head Office London
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.
Product developer Marks & Spencers UK
Went straight from 3rd year at Silwood into a product developer position at Marks & Spencers UK