MEET THE CHEF / by Kevin Kroese

MEET THE CHEF

Annie Badenhorst

Hidden among the vineyards, the Benguela Cove Restaurant has a gem of its own - Chef Annie Badenhorst.  Her succulent and appetizing menus are the heart of fine dining in the Walker Bay region.  Take a step back in time and we find where her journey began.  Living and growing up on a farm outside the very beautiful Otjiwarongo in Namibia, Annie’s love and appreciation for food started at a young age.

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An invaluable life lesson that Annie carries with her everyday is one taught to her by her dad. Learning how to work an animal through - not to waste a single part - plays a big part in her menu preparations today.

Her passion for finely cooked food saw her leave the borders of Namibia and enter into the opportunity filled South Africa.  Pursuing her hunger for fine cuisine, she obtained a Practical Cookery & Patisserie Diploma at the well known Zevenwacht Chef School.

With a world of knowledge behind her, Annie soon began her crisp culinary career.  Beginning under the guidance of Craig Cormack at All Things Culinary, she quickly excelled and moved on to Sofia’s at Morgenster followed by The Restaurant and then Eikendal and Eques at Cavalli.

Today, she is the head chef at the luxurious Benguela Cove Restaurant. Over the years she has developed her philosophy to be one of keeping things fresh, local and in the moment of inspiration.

Visit the Benguela Cove Restaurant and tantalise your tastebuds with some of Annie’s delectable dishes.