Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town / South Africa

Camps Bay Retreat’s Head Chef chosen to work alongside Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck

Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape / South Africa

The Camps Bay Retreat Private Nature Reserve in Cape Town, Western Cape, which features the historical 1929 Earl’s Dyke Manor and the modern Deck House, nestles between the mountain ranges of Table Mountain, Lions Head with Signal Hill and the Twelve Apostles in the exclusive Cape Town suburb of Camps Bay.

Magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean can be enjoyed from this small luxury hotel estate, which is set in the middle of a beautiful garden.  The Earl’s Dyke Manor Camps Bay Retreat Private Nature Reserve was bought by Mr Thomas Earl Skaife from the Cape Marine Suburbs in the year 1911. This magnificent private estate in Camps Bay was then sold in 1920 to a gentlemen by the name of Friedrich Wilhelm Knacke. The original house on the Camps Bay estate was demolished in 1929 when the present manor house, which is designed by William Grant, was built.

Robyn Capendale

Robyn Capendale

The Head Chef at the Camps Bay Retreat, Robyn Capendale, has been selected from amongst thousands of hopeful applicants for one of the coveted 5-week placements in Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin three star restaurant, The Fat Duck.

Every year the most ambitious chefs from all over the world vie for a chance to work hand in hand with a chef famed for groundbreaking gastronomy. Successful candidates are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the ins and outs of one of the world’s top restaurants, as well as the secrets responsible for the star chef’s success.

“I hope to come back with a better understanding of Heston Blumenthal’s three principles of great cooking (Excellence, Openness and Integrity). I look forward to the magical things I am going to learn and experience. Once I am back I am going to be applying these lessons to Camps Bay Retreat in order to create an enhanced experience for our guests. All of this will be done without divulging in Heston’s trade secrets as a confidentially clause will be signed at the start of my placement.”

A spokesperson for the Hotel & Apartment Group Village & Life’s 5-star boutique hotel, Camps Bay Retreat, commented “it is a great achievement for Camps Bay Retreat and Village & Life that we have a chef who has been placed for five weeks with one of the best chefs and restaurants in the world.”

Should you require further information or wish to book accommodation at The Camps Bay Retreat, kindly contact us:

South African Tourism Company
Tel:    +27 (0)21 794 9050
Mobile: +27 (0)827 823 142
Fax:    +27 (0)21 794 9995


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