Annemarie Steenkamp has added an exciting new challenge to her portfolio as Executive Chef of Burrata and Bocca, having taken charge of the kitchen at Open Door. The revamped new restaurant at Constantia Uitsig’s River Café premises in the Constantia Valley. This is her story of Opening New Doors.
Annemarie Steenkamp first joined business partners Neil Grant and Barry Engelbrecht when they opened Burrata at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Barely a year later, with Annemarie as Head Chef, Burrata scooped the coveted 2013 Eat Out Italian Restaurant of the Year. In 2014, Annemarie was once again the driving force in the kitchen when sister restaurant Bocca opened on trendy Bree Street, serving Neapolitan style pizza and informal, modern Italian-inspired dishes in a vibey, contemporary space.
At Open Door, the cuisine moves away from Italian, shifting up a couple of gears to what can be described as ‘modern contemporary cuisine’. Annemarie has carte blanche and has designed a creative menu that offers stylish and sophisticated fare to suit the elegant winelands venue.
Her passion for food was ignited at a young age and, after growing up in Klerksdorp, it led her to working in a kitchen at the Low Wood Hotel in Windemere (England) for two years. She returned to South Africa to complete a 2-year diploma at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. After completing her certification, Annemarie spent five years at Le Quartier Français as Sous Chef honing her skills under Margot Janse in both the The Common Room and the acclaimed Tasting Room restaurant – a San Pellegrino Top 50 Restaurant since 2005, before her appointment as Head Chef at Burrata in 2012.
Images and Bio, Courtesy of Open Door Restaurant