Malika Van Reenen
Despite being a hospitality industry veteran of 16 years, Malika van Reenen still manages to ooze the enthusiasm of a junior chef who’s just walked into her first kitchen. While her enthusiasm may be youthful and infectious, as the award-winning Executive Chef of the Cape Grace’s Signal Restaurant, her skill is inarguably polished.
After concluding her culinary studies in 1998, Malika wasted little time getting herself noticed when she was selected to design a proudly South African Menu for the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel, Switzerland. Similar honours followed when she was asked to conceptualise yet another South African-focused menu for the premier Meikles Hotel in Harare.
Malika attributes her skill in creating wholly South African dishes to her Cape Malay roots. Her fascination with the innumerable spices and flavours of traditional Cape Malay cuisine, coupled with her extensive training in modern techniques, has seen her present some truly innovative dishes to diners at Signal over the past five years.