Meet our Chef of the Month – Johannes de Bruijn, Executive Chef at The Winehouse at Ten on Bompas
Growing up on the farm in Zimbabwe cemented Chef Johannes’s love for the open country. However, it was during the annual holidays at Victoria Falls when he fell in love with the opulence of the five-star properties. He knew, in some way, he’d be involved in hotels one day – he just never guessed it would be as a chef.
‘I always wanted to be a book keeper…or an artist,’ says Chef Johannes. His dad was a book keeper and his family knew a well-known artist. It’s hard to imagine this passionate and creative young man balancing books, or lost in paintings. We’re very happy he wound up in the kitchen instead!
He returned from school one day and discovered a pamphlet from the International Hotel School in his book bag. ‘I’ve no idea how on earth it ended up in there – no one even came to the school, but there it was…’ he says. He begged his parents to attend the hotel school’s open day in Durban, and the rest is culinary history.
Chef Johannes has been at The Winehouse for three and a half years. He loves the intimate boutique hotels and restaurants. ‘The focus is on the food, on quality and perfection, as opposed to just pushing out the numbers. My plates are now my canvas – they are the way I create my art.’
The 40-seater restaurant serves contemporary cuisine amongst beautiful art works (many of them depicting Amy Winehouse – get it?), and overlooks the beautiful garden and pool. They grow theirown herbs, fruit and veggies on site, and many of these feature on the menu – which changes quarterly. They even have a bee hive which delivers fresh honey!
Chef Johannes is crazy about his latest creation – the cucumber salad. It features three types of cucumbers pickled and prepared in different ways. Each has a unique flavour and is served with an apple and herb salsa (featuring fresh fennel from the garden), and a mint and cucumber sorbet. This is the perfect dish for summer, and it’s healthy too, Hello Joburgers!
A: Ten on Bompas, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West
T: 011 325 2442
Images – Khanyi Mlaba and supplied
Watch as we chat with Chef Johannes, and explore the kitchens and property at Ten on Bompas and The Winehouse:
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