Le Quartier Français - Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

Neil Jewell - Executive Chef, Bread & Wine - Charcuterie

Neil was born in South-end-on-sea, England, and from the moment he could taste, smell and see he fell in love with his first life-long partner, and heavenly temptress, food.

Surrounded by his mother’s freshly baked cakes and the family cooking-apple tree, his dreams and young devotion to food were nurtured and fed all the best ingredients. They grew and his imagination expanded until he could no longer ignore his destiny. From the day he picked up his first handful of flour, Neil’s future was decided.

It all started off innocently enough... His family moved from his childhood home to the city. They left behind the freshly baked cakes and their cooking-apple tree. Both parents began working and Neil took on the role as family ‘head chef’ - No one had any idea he’d be so good at it.

After school he studied at the South East Essex College of Art and Technology and honed his skills in the kitchens of Stephen Bull, Richard Corrigan and Jon Bentham.

Neil started at Bread & Wine in 1999 and has been an instrumental aspect of its success. His food and approach are like a bite out of his personality - fresh, tasty and infused with a passion for life. He constantly charters new territory which has ensured that his scrumptious Charcuterie is used by restaurants far and wide. His food is delicious and uncomplicated and this, coupled with the tranquil Bread & Wine vibe, is why local chefs choose to hang out here on their days off.

His hard work and zest for life have paid off and he now lives a charmed life on Môreson Farm. It’s a complete circle and sees a return to Neil’s childhood experiences. He shares this life with his vivacious wife, Tina, and their two gorgeous fairy-like daughters.

Book A Table Top 50 Restaurants in The World virtuoso Amex Fine Hotels Certificate of Excellence 2015