Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth 

Burnt Orange Plett
Published: September 5th, 2023

Have a bite from all over the world with Chef Gareth

Ten years ago, The Burnt Orange was to be found tucked away behind a water park in Plettenberg Bay. However, five years ago, they moved to Keurboomstrand and, according to co-owner Michelle Chant, the move has been a good one: “This location is good for business because a lot of tourists travelling between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape always make a stop here for a good meal.” says Michelle Chant.

Michelle and Gareth Gardiner are mother and son, and business partners. The inspiration for the business was Gareth, a well-travelled and qualified professional chef who is best known for his private chefing. He has been fortunate to travel to countries such as Spain, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom, sampling and learning about dishes from the different nations. He explains: “Coming back home I wanted to give people a taste of every dish I have learned from around the world and to give tourists who are homesick a plate that reminds them of home, so if a Japanese tourists visits our restaurant and they feel like having a meal that reminds them of home – I give them exactly that.”

Gareth and Michelle from The Burnt Orange, Plett
Gareth and Michelle from The Burnt Orange, Plett

Some may recognise Gareth from the famous TV show, “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” with Gordon Ramsay, where they travel to clean up disastrous restaurant kitchens and have a chef take over that kitchen until it is fully functional. Gareth was one of the celebrity chefs tasked with taking over the revamped kitchens to help the owners to develop them into working restaurant kitchens. These days, one of Gareth’s passions is to work with and develop more young chefs, “I want to create chefs that can even be better than me.” Well, a student cannot be better than the master, if you ask me. What do you think?

The Burnt Orange has a varied menu as Chef Gareth enjoys serving international meals alongside South African favourites – catering for a wide range of clients. He knows his South African market well, explaining: “Most locals prefer meaty meals. For example I know that Plett locals like the pork belly, duck and a proper steak.”  You can also enjoy fresh – not frozen – seafood and their sauces are legendarily made from scratch.

If you are a sunset person, in summer you can catch a great sunset view from the balcony of the Burnt Orange with live music and a fine glass of wine. Sounds like a dream? Then don’t miss the restaurant’s Sundowners Wine Pairing, an annual event featuring wines from across the Western Cape. Or join the fun on Soulful Sunday with live music – this sounds like an ideal Sunday chill to me!

At the writing of this, The Burnt Orange is currently only open for lunches from 11am until 4pm, however they will amend these to their summer hours over the next few months, so it’s best to check their open times or book a table. Come on down and enjoy delicious meals as Chef Gareth takes you around the world with his international dishes!

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