Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg has announced that Archie Maclean has joined its team as Executive Chef.
Maclean comes to the Cape Town restaurant after having worked at luxury properties, both locally and abroad.
“I don’t have a cooking-with-granny-in-the-kitchen story. The truth is, I only discovered the pleasure of good food much later on in life, said Maclean, who grew up in Scotland. “I was 19, working as a barman, and I was called into the kitchen one night to help. It was a big deal and the chefs were cool. After that night, I never looked back. I quit my college course and moved to Surrey in England to do a three-year apprenticeship under Michelin-starred chef David Evans. My passion grew as I began my culinary journey.”
Maclean joined Steenberg on 18 April and will be responsible for the kitchen and front of house. He focuses on the freshness of ingredients, rather than choosing favourites.
“I don’t like to stick to one type of cuisine or set of ingredients – I get bored,” he said. “One day, a mushroom may be the hero of the dish, the next, beautiful, fresh fish. I like to mix things up and offer diners the unexpected.”
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