Celebrated Chef for Crystal Towers
When Chef Henrico Grobbelaar began his working life, he started out in the science and industry sector as a polymer engineer – a far cry from what he does today, having become a renowned chef in the culinary world of South Africa.
So, what drove his move to an entirely new field? According to Chef Henrico, it was passion. He is a great believer in the quote: “Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It is what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination.”
This reflects in the impressive feats that have marked his career, as well as in the masterful gastronomic creations he presents to diners.
“I keep my passion alive by constantly learning,” he explains. “There are always new trends, new styles, and new techniques – this is so thrilling.”
Chef Henrico has achieved incredible recognition in the culinary world, both here and abroad, in just a few years. With a long list of achievements, his successes include winning four Culinary Olympic medals, heading up the South African Culinary Olympic team for two years, being named as Top Chef of the Year in both international and local culinary competitions, and being awarded a FIFA Hospitality Excellence Award for his work during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
His talent and skill has enhanced the tables of a number of leading establishments – from the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town to Equus Restaurant at Cavalli Estate as well as the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel. Today, he is at the helm of the kitchen of Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, where he has taken up the position of Executive Chef.
About his new positon, the passionate chef explains, “I aim to adhere to the basic principles of food: to achieve the correct balance, texture, colour, and flavour. That way, we will build longlasting relationships with our customers, and develop a reputation that we can be very proud of.”
For more info, visit www.marriott.com. Awards and Achievements of Chef Henrico • 2016 Unilever Chef of the Year
• 2005-2017 Member of South African
Culinary Olympic Team
• 2014 Winner of Chopped SA
• 2012 Red Carnation Executive Chef of
• 2011 and 2012 Leading Hotel of the World Best Restaurant in Africa and Middle East
• 2010 Chosen as Executive Chef to Davos
World Economic Forum, Switzerland • 2010 Chosen as FIFA World Cup
• 2010 FIFA Hospitality Excellence Award • 2009 San Pellegrino International Young
Chef of the World
• 2009 Sunday Times’ Chef of the Year • 2009 and 2016 Captain of South African
Culinary Olympic Team
• GQ Magazine’s Most Influential Man