The Marabi Club in Maboneng has a new Head Chef! Katlego Mlambo, who recently held the position of Group Sous Chef for Luke Dale-Roberts’ group of restaurants and was part of the opening team for The Commissary, has left the Mother City and returns to Joburg to join the vibrant jazz and food venue.

The chef has spent the last 10 years working under some of SA’s greats – including Luke Dale Roberts, PJ Vadas, Eric Bulpit and Scot Kirton – so the time is right for Chef Katlego to make his own mark on the culinary scene. In fact, he turned down the Head Chef position of a top 20 Cape Town restaurant to return to Jozi, so the City of Gold is clearly the place to be. “This will be the first time I will be cooking and serving my own dishes to patrons. Food is a language spoken by all and I am ready to change the world, one plate at a time,” says Katlego. For the Marabi Club menu, he’ll be focusing on small sharing plates with limited starch and clean punchy flavours – balancing French training with Asian influences.

Chef Katlego Mlambo is also creating an international stir, and was selected as the lead chef for the Mandela 100 Years USA event which is to be hosted by Barack Obama in Washington DC on the 27th of April. He’ll be serving his menu to 400 delegates with a refined take on traditional South African flavours and favourites, with dishes including his take on a seven colours main course.

“Marabi is all about giving young chefs the ability to explore and test the boundaries. We are really looking forward to having Katlego back in our kitchen and for him to take us on an extraordinary food journey alongside the music and location that makes this place so iconic,” says co-founder Dale de Ruig.

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