Michelle Theron, who has been part of the restaurant since it opened its doors in 2010, took over the reins as Executive Chef in 2014.
Passionate about traditional food and dedicated to sourcing sustainably, Michelle fits the profile of the restaurant with its focus on regional Cape Winelands cuisine, to a T. “Together with La Motte’s Culinary Team, Michelle has been an integral part of the initial research and recipe development for Pierneef à La Motte as well as our Cape Winelands Cuisine cookbook and we are delighted and excited to now have her heading the kitchen”, says La Motte CEO, Hein Koegelenberg.
Michelle’s interest in all things culinary started as a young girl growing up in a typical South African home where daily activities were planned around mealtimes and produce came from a backyard garden. Her curiosity was fueled by culinary literature and her admiration for chefs such as Margot Janse, Clare Smythe and Elena Arzak. After her culinary studies, Michelle cooked at various restaurants in the winelands as well as Cape Town, all contributing to her canny ability to express traditional flavours in a modern and on-trend execution. This skill promises exciting times for Pierneef à La Motte restaurant, listed by the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards as one of South Africa’s top ten restaurants.