Grande Roche Appoints Respected Chef & Culinary Mentor, Chistiaan Campbell

Words: Crush

The Grande Roche Hotel and Restaurant in Paarl is delighted to announce the appointment of chef Christiaan Campbell to its executive team.

Christiaan Campbell’s Grande Career

Campbell trained as a naval chef at the South African Navy Culinary School. His culinary career spans some thirty years and includes The Priory in Bath, England, two months working in the kitchens of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons by chef Raymond Blanc (OBE) in Oxfordshire, The Restaurant at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, Chewton Glen, La Gavroche and Gravetye Manor. Between 2004 and 2007, he was Group Executive Chef of The Collection by Liz McGrath in South Africa.

In 2009, Campbell was appointed as Opening Executive Chef of Delaire Graff Restaurant, where he also oversaw the estate’s signature Indochine Restaurant and mentored chef Virgil Khan, who is now considered a leading chef in South Africa. In 2014, Campbell moved to Boschendal Farm where he was a member of the EXCO team and managed the estate’s food and beverage offerings. He also led the team of the thought-provoking The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal, which received the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award in 2018.

Chef & Culinary Pioneer

His most recent culinary address has seen him lead Tebaldi’s restaurant at Temenos Retreat, a place of Mindfulness and Wellness in McGregor, where his role has been to reimagine the restaurant and also open a second eatery in the village, Out of Africa Café. Campbell has spent the past eighteen months here to align all of the hospitality, food and beverage services to the spirit of Temenos through training and mentorship.

Campbell is one of the pioneers of the contemporary food scene in South Africa to champion the ethical sourcing of produce and to support hyperlocal farms. He is highly regarded amongst his peers both locally and abroad.

Johann Bouwer, General Manager of the Grande Roche Hotel and Restaurant says, “to have someone of Christiaan’s caliber join our team is very exciting to us. Christiaan’s career experience, his passion to share his knowledge and upskill his teams together with his genuine ethos of sustainable consumerism makes him an ideal and natural appointment as Grande Roche heads into a revived and reimagined chapter”.

The Grande Roche Hotel and Restaurant is located in the Paarl Winelands and is a signature hotel in South Africa, known for its luxurious country ambience and warm hospitality.

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