Gordon Ramsay Is Replaced By a Younger, Hotter Chef at One & Only Cape Town
September 7, 2010 at 9:01 AM
So where Gordon Ramsay failed, a local chef is hoping to succeed. Ramsay may have been forced to close his Maze restaurant at One & Only Cape Town last month, but Sol Kerzner obviously has faith in South African chef Reuben Riffel, who will open Reuben’s at One & Only Cape Town on October 1.
Although he may not be as famous as old sweary boots, Reuben has won acclaim (and awards) for his restaurants in the Franschhoek wine valley called (we’re sensing a theme here) Reuben’s and Reuben’s at The Robertson Small Hotel. This will be his first urban resort, though.
According to the hotel, RAOAOCT (and breathe) will serve “wholesome bistro fare made from locally-sourced produce”, with a side of national pride – Sol Kerzner says:
I saw in Reuben Riffel and opportunity to capture the essence of South African spirit and pride the world saw when we hosted the World Cup.”
No word on prices as yet, but Reuben is promising a “decidedly unfussy, brasserie feel” – so hopefully it’ll be more affordable than Nobu, next door. Also, we can't help but notice that Reuben is decidedly better looking than old leather face. So as far as we're concerned, it's all good.
[Photo: Jonathan Weltman]