Innovative, creative and one of South Africa’s top chefs is one way to talk about Chef Chris Erasmus. Though he also likes to describe himself as a ‘cook, hubby and proud dad!’
Currently the chef at The Robertson Small Hotel, Chris has recently been appointed as Chef at Large for Twee Jonge Gezellen, overseeing all kinds of culinary projects, events and installations. The farm’s bountiful fruit, veggie and herb gardens will inspire menus and dining at Twee Jonge Gezellen as well as at The Small, which is also owned by the Rands family.
A sustainable produce hunter when not at the stove you’ll find him scouring forests, coastlines and mountain slopes for seasonal, indigenous ingredients.
He is also a muscle car nut, backyard gardener and a devoted family man. He is husband to Alisha, and father to their son 11-year-old Liam.
Family is more important than money and status.
It is incredible to watch my son become a man. I learn so much from him every day on how to live – that life is always fun, and that sometimes it’s ok to just be silly!
I like to teach him things I never learned growing up. Like how to change a bicycle tyre and to work on a car.
On a holiday in Saldanha where we went fishing at 4am every day at the lagoon.
Yes we are planting winter veggies! At the moment lots of peas and broad beans. I want to use the harvests at The Robertson Small Hotel as well as for special events at the farm.
A kilogram T-bone and a chilled bottle of the award-winning Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016.