Clico Boutique Hotel’s in-house restaurant Clico has promoted Sous Chef Neo Mkhwanazi to the position of Head Chef, taking over the reigns from Chef Marnus Scholly who’ll be working together with Chef Jan van der Westhuizen at his soon-to-be-launched Klein Jan restaurant.
Chef Neo Mkhwanazi impressed Chef Marnus with his hard work and dedication. “I have been consistently impressed with Neo’s culinary skill and knack for flavours and have no doubt that under his guidance, this restaurant will continue to flourish and grow into one of the best refined dining establishments in South Africa,” says Marnus.
Prior to joining Clico, Neo worked across a diverse range of hospitality leaders from the Liz MacGrath Collection in Hermanus, to the five-star kitchens of luxury bush lodges across the And Beyond and Shamwari portfolios.
Neo’s family and their passion for cooking was instrumental to building his career as a chef. From an early age, their celebration of ingredients that come straight from the land, has since been translated into his desire for sustainable produce sourced from smaller suppliers and farms.
Neo will be tapping into his wealth of experience to produce a range of locally inspired, French-style dishes for Clico Restaurant. When asked about his cooking philosophy, Neo brings it back to basics.
“I believe in food that is true, in a sense that it doesn’t destroy or take away. At Clico, we do locally sourced, sustainable, flavour-packed food – always identifiable in its simplicity. We consistently strive to keep our guests coming back by giving them a holistic, silver-service experience, paired with a taste sensation of classic dishes done with a local twist,” says Neo.
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