Jonathan is married to Vicki and they are expecting their first child in January. Born and raised in Dorset, England, Jonathan has worked in some highly rated establishments. He began his career aged 16 and, before leaving England to move to South Africa with his wife, was the Sous Chef at Alan Murchison's resturant Paris House (which got a Michelin Star within one year of opening), having previously worked at The Queen's Square (Head Chef), La Becasse (French for Woodcock) and L'Ortolan (in Reading, Berkshire) amongst others! Jonathan relates an interesting story about the name L'Ortolan. An Ortolan is a rare bird which, whilst migrating in France, was caught in long nets and served up as a delicacy - eaten bones and all.
Having also had a spell in the famous Fat Duck Resturant in Bray - Jonathan is sure to be serving up some 'Gastronomic Delights' to Guests at RiverBend Lodge. We look forward to keeping you updated with photographs, recipes and Jonathan's food and wine philosophy!
Jonathan replaces Adriaan van Niekerk who is leaving us on to go on an East African culinary adventure. All of us at RiverBend Lodge, and many of the Guests who have stayed at RiverBend I'm sure, wish you all the best Adriaan. Go well!