Executive Chef at Azure, Christo Pretorius serves what he describes as “local, modern, seasonal South African cuisine with a twist of French and Asian in uence.” Named Red Carnation Hotel’s Chef of the Year 2013/2014, under his leadership Azure has become one of the most respected restaurants in the country.
Christo started his career in food when he volunteered to cover for a sick chef while working as a waiter at a holiday resort in Suffolk in the UK. His natural talent for cooking soon made itself known and he moved from trainee Commis Chef to Junior Chef de Partie in just six months.
In 2007 he returned to South Africa and completed his chef and pastry diplomas at the 1000 Hills Chef School in Durban – passing both with distinction. Since then he’s held a senior position at Silver Hill Lodge in the Drakensberg, worked luxury yachts in Florida, been the Bistro Chef at The Plettenberg, a ve-star Relais & Châteaux property in Plettenberg Bay, and Sous Chef at Cape Royale Hotel’s Bistro 1800°.
His wide experience culminated in his current position at Azure, where he initially apprenticed under former Executive Chef Henrico Grobbelaar.
Christo placed second in the prestigious Sunday Times Young Chef of the Year competition in 2012, was a regional nalist in the Unilever Food Solutions Senior Chef of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, won Unilever Food Solutions Junior Chef of the Year in 2010, and was placed second at the 2010 Goldcrest Young Chef of the Year Competition.