Wynand van Rooyen

Wynand is a passionate believer that we are what we eat and that we need to know the origin of all our food. He says that the connection with the farmer is critical, not only for creating award-winning dishes, but more importantly for protecting a wholesome and sustainable food system.

Wynand has won a number of prestigious awards. In October 2011 Wynand became the youngest chef ever to win the coveted title of Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2011 with his flavour-packed Jerusalem artichokes and beetroot glazed springbok loin.

Earlier in 2011 Wynand took the title of Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseur (Young Chef of the Year) at the South African finals of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Concours National des Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs 2011. Wynand then represented South Africa at the international final in Istanbul, Turkey on 9 September 2011 and came an impressive fifth out of 25 entrants.