At Ellerman House extraordinary attention to detail has always epitomised the dining experience, which is why the appointment of a new Executive Chef was a serious decision.
The team is delighted to have awarded the position to Grant Daniels, who has the creativity, finesse, leadership and experience – over 15 years in top Cape kitchens – to take Ellerman House’s gourmet offering to even greater heights. ‘What you put in is what you get out,’ is the motto of Chef Grant Daniels, who has already spent three years in the Ellerman House kitchen as Executive Sous Chef.
His style is classically inspired by modern South African influences with more than a nod to his Cape Malay roots. Growing up on the Cape Flats, just outside Cape Town, Grant’s passion for cooking was sparked by spending time in the kitchen with his mother while she prepared traditional Cape Malay dishes for Sunday lunch. These were usually big family affairs, with everyone offering a helping hand. One of his favourite dishes is Malay braised lamb shoulder, which finds its way onto the Ellerman House menu in winter along with venison and curries.
After school, Grant started working as a junior baker in a small bakery in Cape Town where he was rapidly promoted to ‘second in charge’. He went on to work at a couple of restaurants, including Catharina’s at Steenberg Farm, before landing a job at Bizerca in 2008 where he worked as the Senior Sous Chef for five and a half years. Grant came to Ellerman House in October 2013 as the Executive Sous Chef and was soon an integral part of the team.
‘We are proud of Grant’s leadership and experience. He has proven himself time and time again and we welcome him as our new Executive Chef,’ comments Paul Harris, owner of Ellerman House.
‘Stick to the classics and you can’t go wrong,’ says Chef Grant, who aims to create wholesome comfort food influenced by his traditional French training, while bringing in his Cape Malay heritage and a wealth of South African flavours.
Dining styles harmonise with the variety of settings at the Cape Edwardian mansion of Ellerman House, including the wine gallery, the dining room and the beautiful indigenous gardens where guests can enjoy one of the many terraces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Lunches consist of al fresco options and dinner is a menu of seasonal delights focusing on local provenance alongside a menu du jour.
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