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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. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 1, 13 November 2021.


Saturday 13 November 2021, Day 44 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a relaxed social day, going back to my roots; after an admin morning responding to very many restaurant reviews, I met Gary Peterson at The Winchester Boutique Hotel (no more Mansions) to explore the refurbished 99 year old lady, which reopened on Monday, it being my first home for 9 months when my parents and I arrived in Cape Town from Germany, when I was 3 months old, an apartment block at the time, and also where I got engaged in its fabulous Orangerie Restaurant, one of few exceptional restaurants in Cape Town at the time, and also where my sisters and I and our families celebrated the life of both my parents; for being shown the room in which we Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 42 of Level 3, 6 September 2021.


Monday 6 September 2021, Day 47 of Level 3, Rosh Hashanah

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a busy working day, from 6h00 onwards, social media posting this morning and finishing a client newsletter this afternoon; for it being rainy every two hours, twice when I needed a walking break, so I had to wait until late afternoon to walk to Pick n Pay, chatting to the nice new Store Manager Domenico, a freezing walk at about 14C, rain not having been forecast for today ; and for being happy, healthy, free and cold 😱 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was a profile of Orangerie Chef Nicolene Barrow of Le Lude in Franschhoek, a 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef.

Meet Chef Nicolene Barrow of Orangerie at Le Lude: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!

SA Corona Status: 2 824 063 cases 83617 deaths 13 673 651 vaccinations 

FitBit 7500 steps 5 km 👣



The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July, and returned to Level 3 on 26 July, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

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Meet Chef Nicolene Barrow of Orangerie at Le Lude: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!

Chef Nicolene Barrow is a quiet and unassuming restaurant owner and chef at the family sparkling wine estate Le Lude in Franschhoek. Her French-inspired with a contemporary twist restaurant is the best in the village, in my opinion. She is one of our 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received her prize of a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Chef Nicolene is the best qualified Chef in our province, having worked at 2 Michelin-star Le Gavroche in London for two years. She opened Orangerie five years ago.



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