Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands: 2022



For the third year running we are acknowledging female chefs heading up restaurant kitchens in Cape Town and the Winelands.

Started during Lockdown in 2020, as a celebration of Women’s Day, the Top 10 Women Chefs List highlights how few top restaurants have female chefs in their kitchens in general, and even fewer have women chefs heading up the restaurant kitchens.

We are grateful to Brenda Wilkinson of RIO LARGO Olive Estate for sponsoring a gift of its beautiful colourful Extra Virgin Olive Oil packs to our Top 10 Women Chefs.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants recognises the Best Female Chef of the year, probably in recognition of the scarcity of female chefs at the pinnacle of the restaurant industry, the international Fine Dining restaurant scene overwhelmingly being dominated by male chefs.

RIO LARGO is a producer of award-winning olive oils, its estate located on the Southern banks of the Breede River, between Worcester and Robertson. It comprises olive orchards with 18000 trees, with Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina and FS-17 cultivars, vines, an olive nursery, and a state-of-the-art olive processing and bottling plant. The sunshine hours and cold winters of the estate make the location perfect for olive growing. The Olive Oil is available in 500 ml, 1 litre and 2 litre packs. It is a proudly South African olive oil brand, which has won awards locally and around the globe, including Gold in New York, Silver in Japan, Best Blend in Africa in Paris, Gold at Aurora, ABSA Top Ten, and Gold at the SA Olive Awards.

We salute the following 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands:

#   Jenny Morris, Yumcious, Cape Quarter, De Waterkant *

#   Nicolene Barrow, Orangerie, Le Lude, Franschhoek *

#   Prim Reddy, Indian Chapter, Blouberg *

#   Isabella Niehaus, Duinhuis Langtafel, Langebaan *

#   Jess van Dyk, Post & Pepper, Stellenbosch

#   Kerry Kipling, Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg, Constantia *

#   Michelle Theron, Hazendal, Stellenbosch

#   Mmabatho Lingala Molefe, Emazulwini Restaurant, Maker’s Landing, V & A Waterfront.

#   Charné Simpson, Epice, Franschhoek

#   Melanie Paltoglou and Zunia Boucher-Myers, Avontuur Estate Restaurant, Stellenbosch.*

Female Chefs that have been on the Top 10 Women Chefs List in each of the past three years are marked with an asterisk above.

RIO LARGO Olive Estate, Scherpenheuvel, between Robertson and Worcester. Cell 082 688 0578 Instagram : @riolargooliveestate

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