Winter in Franschhoek is the time for drinking award winning wine by the fireplace, toasting to the future at one of the top restaurants in the area and exploring the beauty of the valley -including the snow topped mountains surrounding our quaint town.
Protégé is an exciting casual fine dining eatery that has quickly grown in popularity by locals and travellers alike, under the guidance of previous 'Eat Out Chef of the Year', La Colombe’s Scot Kirton, it promises to be one of the hot spots in town this winter.
Scot is well known for recognising young talented chefs and giving them the opportunity to put themselves on the map. In keeping with this, the restaurant was aptly named Protégé. Jess van Dyk will head the kitchen team. Jess has been working closely with Scot and James Gaag for many years and was most recently the head chef at La Colombe. The idea with Protégé is to keep it casual and comfortable. Jess is working with local suppliers to keep the menu as fresh and as seasonal as possible.
“I could not be prouder of having Jess lead the team. She has given me so much over the years and now it’s time for me to help her achieve her dreams.” says Kirton.
Venturing out on an adventure in winter is a popular way to warm the heart and view the valley from further on high. Hiking the Mont Rochelle trail, accompanied by one of our managers if you'd prefer, is a great outdoor activity for the whole family. And gives you a fresh perspective on just how picturesque the valley of Franschhoek really is.
No Franschhoek getaway is complete without a hop on the wine tram and a fireplace warmed wine tasting. There is an array of wine farms for you to visit during your stay, and their special winter menu's will have you coming back for more!
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