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Westin Cape Town has recently appointed Stephen Mandes to head up the kitchen at its flagship restaurant – ON19.

Prior to joining the ON19 team, Mandes spent time in hotel and restaurant kitchens around the city, including that of the Mount Nelson Hotel, the Cape Grace, Mondiall kitchen & Bar, Restaurant Jardine and de Grendel Wines.

The 30-year old culinary arts graduate and 2014 winner of the Ultimate Braai Master confesses he is driven by new challenges and constant change.

“For me, cooking has always come naturally. I am fortunate, I get to cook amazing dishes and perfect my craft every day, no two days are the same, he says.

Stephen’s inspiration comes from the intimacy of cooking, living his passion and his love for food. His ethos of family and sharing, culinary diversity and innovation comes to the fore in creating memorable dining experiences that have contributed largely to his success.

In his new role Mandes has been tasked with curating innovative menu design and restaurant strategy, with a new winter menu launching in April, Stephen is looking forward to making a difference and inspiring his team of talented chefs.

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