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

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.

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)
Wesley Randles

Wesley Randles

Head chef & co-owner The Shortmarket Club

Graduate of 2009

Now head chef and co-owner of the award winning The Shortmarket Club, voted no 8 restaurant in SA by Eat Out 2017. Wesley completed his 3rd year at La Colombe under Luke Dale-Roberts before moving across to be one of 3 chefs to open SA’s top restaurant The Test Kitchen under Luke Dale-Roberts. He went on to be the opening Head Chef of the The Pot Luck Club before starting The Shortmarket Club

Lehlohonolo Tlhapuletsa

Lehlohonolo Tlhapuletsa

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2009

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.

Robert Garlick

Robert Garlick

Chef for D.Ream Dogus Restaurant

On graduating Robert  left for England and secured a position Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck, the San Peligrino no 1 restaurant at the time. Robert spent many years at The Fat Duck, before leaving to be on the team for the opening of Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner restaurant in London. Robert went onto Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons under Raymond Blanc and is now Group pastry chef for D.Ream Dogus Restaurant in Turkey. http://www.food24.com/News-and-Guides/Features/Robert-Garlick-Heston-Blumenthals-pastry-chef-20140203

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.

Tracy-Leigh Genricks

Tracy-Leigh Genricks

Owner of Four & Twenty Cafe

Graduate of 2008

Tracy-Leigh is the owner of Four & Twenty Cafe. Tracy was pastry chef at La Colombe under Luke Dale –Roberts before returning to Silwood to teach the certificate students. Tracy opened 4&20 in 2013 with Silwood graduate, Marijke Duminy, graduate of 2011.

Kerry Kilpin

Kerry Kilpin

Head Chef of Bistro 1682

Graduate of 2003

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.

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Anna Ridgewell

Executive chef for the Londolozi Game Reserve

Graduate of 1998

 

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.

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/

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

Ruth Hinks

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

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.

Jeanri van der Watt

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2009

Sarah Hunter

Yacht Chef

Graduate of 2015

Annalize Sainsbury

Caterer

Graduate of 1994

Annalize Buchanan

Caterer

Graduate of

Glena Philp

Head of Brand Communications for Food at Woolworths

Graduate of 1990

Fay Clark

Head of New Product development at Woolworths

Graduate of 2000

Kirsty Rowett

Experiential food marker and owner of Source Management

Lisa Clark

Food Stylist

Graduate of 1997

Lisa Clark website

Justine Kiggen

Food Stylist

Graduate of 1991

Justine Kiggen webiste

Luisa Furello

Food Stylist

Graduate of 2003

Luisa Furello website

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.

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

Roxy Floquet

Food Stylist

Graduate of 2004

Roxy Floquet website

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