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Introducing Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef


Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin in Langebaan is one of our 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received this accolade for the third year in a row.

Congratulations Bella.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 1, 25 October 2021


Monday 25 October 2021, Day 25 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a special start to the week; for catching up on work; for a walk to Bakoven; for a pop in at Honest Café, with a new restaurant upstairs; for receiving a Mayor’s Civic Award for service to the community of Camps Bay, not just for picking up litter but also for keeping Ward Councillor Nicola Jowell informed of maintenance and security issues in Camps Bay, I being one of three recipients in Camps Bay, with Theresa Massaglia and Alan Marsh, and only three recipients in Ward 54, which includes Sea Point and Camps Bay, a huge honour; for the great company of recipients we were in; Continue reading →

Absa 2021 Top 10 Olive Oil Awards winners announced!


SA Olive and  its sponsor Absa announced the Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Awards last week. Absa’s participation in and support of the Awards reflects that it is committed to South African agriculture and promotes the development of South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).

In accordance with the rules of the annual Awards, which have been awarded for the 8th time this year,  ten different olive oils must be recognised,  ‘to support the development of the South African olive oil industry by maximising exposure and opportunities for local EVOO producers.’ Continue reading →

Meet Chef Jess van Dyk of Protégé Restaurant: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!


Chef Jess van Dyk heads up the kitchen at Protégé Restaurant at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. She was previously the Head Chef at La Colombe in Constantia, a huge honour, in it being South Africa’s number one restaurant. She is one of our 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has won a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Jess describes herself as follows:  ‘Small town girl, from the Northern Cape, came to study at Silwood in 2010. I finished all three years, my third year being spent at La Colombe in 2012 (Constantia Uitsig). I stayed on at La Colombe, moving from Chef de partie to Sous Chef by the end of 2014. I left to pursue my dream of working on the yachts, but also spent a few months working with a catering and events company before heading to the Mediterranean. After 11 months on the yachts, I came back as Head Chef of La Colombe in 2018, and moved to Franschhoek to head up Protégé at the end of 2019’.

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