If you love great food and are a fan of La Colombe restaurant, you will be pleased to hear that a new Executive Chef has been announced. Chef Proprietor, Scot Kirton, has handed down his award-winning toque blanche to Head Chef, James Gaag.
“James has headed up the La Colombe kitchen for the past 4 years, and at the young age of 29, has proved himself to be one of the leading innovative chefs in South Africa. He has lead the committed team in the kitchen faultlessly, and we are delighted to appoint him in this prestigious role,” said Kirton.
The good news is that Kirton will still be very much involved every step of the way, as La Colombe has some exciting renovation plans on the immediate horizon. He will be working daily with the chefs from La Colombe, Foxcroft and La Petite Colombe, and remain hands-on in the kitchens, to ensure the standards that the world-class La Colombe Group is renowned for.
La Colombe will be closing for 6 weeks for a major revamp on the 28th May. There is much anticipation, as long-standing ex-La Colombe Sous Chef, Jess van Dyk, will be returning to La Colombe as Head Chef, with Keegan Brathewaite stepping in as the Sous Chef.
James Gaag is ready for the challenge. “It is fantastic to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe. Taking over the reigns is something I have aspired to for the past 8 years. I’m extremely excited for this new and exciting chapter, and the challenges which lie ahead,” he said.
When it comes to food, James believes that a balance of flavour comes first. Food needs to be immediately delicious and inviting, not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated. Flavour is paramount and key in making great food, and also running a great kitchen.