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Chef of the Month: Eli Williams

Apr 20, 2020, Author: Hello Joburg

Since starting her culinary career in Cape Town, chef Eli Williams has worked her way through various hotel restaurants and is now the executive chef at one of Sandton’s trendiest restaurants, The Course at Slow in the City. We caught up with her to gain some insight on this one-of-a-kind dining spot.  


Did you always know you wanted to be a chef? 

In high school I knew. I used to sit and design my future catering company’s logo and I used to love it I also went to many bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and all the food really inspired me.  

What differentiates Joburg’s food scene from Cape Towns? 

They’re so different. Cape Town was a really food crazy experience, while Joburg aims for a more classic, high-end standard. But the staff in both cities are all passionate. I can’t tell you which one I prefer! 

Tell us about your biggest career highlight. 

Opening the Discovery Healthy Food Studio in SandtonI loved that – it was so much fun! We had to develop all the recipes and send them to the dieticians, who would then tell us to reduce the salt or sugar if necessary. It was a great challenge and experience. 


How would you describe the menu at The Course? 

Our motto is ‘taste changes everything’. We concentrate on flavour so that our food doesn’t just look pretty – the flavours are there too. The menu offers beautiful upmarket tapas and there’s a quarterly reserve menu too, which comes out every three months. Meat is another huge focus – from rib eye to lamb chops, it’s all fantastic. 

What’s it liking working as a female team? 

Recipe developer Ero Asteriou and I develop the recipes together and we make an amazing team. I really believe in girl power and that when we support one another, we can really make big things happen. 

What’s your personal favourite dish on the menu?  

I’d go with dessert – the cheesecake is mindblowing! 

What are the biggest misconceptions people have about being a chef? 

That it’s glamourous. It’s hard work – you work long hours, so you need passion. It’s a tough industry, but if you love it, it’s worth it. 


Which chefs do you look up to? 

Chef David Higgs. He’s just so creative and he’s done amazing things with his career, which is wonderful to see from a South African chef. Chef Marco Pierre White as well – I love his food and his high standards. 

Where do you eat on a night off in Joburg?  

When I go out for dinner it’s usually with my kids, so it’s somewhere laidback like Fishmonger (I love fish!). I’m also a big fan of Gemelli. 

Corner of Rivonia Road  & West Street, Sandton 

010 442 5967 

Facebook: @thecourssa  

Instagram: @thecourse_sa 


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