10th April, 2019 – Quoin Rock Wine Estate has announced that Gåte Restaurant’s Executive Chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü, who led Gåte’s team of chefs since its opening at the end of last year, will be leaving to pursue a personal venture. He will be joined by Gåte’s head chef, Warwick King.
Denis Gaiduk, Managing Director of Quoin Rock Wine Estate and Gåte Restaurant comments: “We are thankful for the role Chef Rikku played in his time with us. He and the rest of our chefs team have done a magnificent job of bringing our vision for Gåte to life. We wish him the very best of success as he pursues his personal interests.”
Chef Rikku comments: “Gåte at Quoin Rock Wines Estate was a great stepping stone for me but I have done what I set out to do. What I implemented there with the team of chefs really stood out in the restaurant scene.”
With regard to leaving, he says: “I simply decided that I need more than anything at this time in my career to really spread my wings into a purely creative environment. My personal style lends itself more towards a theatrical space where I can maximise my creativity. With regard to my future plans, Warwick and I have something exciting up our sleeves which we will be announcing soon. I’m looking forward to taking things into a whole new level of interactive, theatrical and immersive dining to complete the sense circus. It’s going to be true fun dining.”
He adds that he would like to thank the owners of Quoin Rock Wine Estate: “They offered me an opportunity to establish myself as a brand in South Africa, and in turn enabled me to show the public and the restaurant scene a small part of what I am about.”
“It was also a real pleasure to work with the young team of local chefs that I led during the eight months that we worked together. I am impressed by their talent and potential and wish them and the owners of Gåte Restaurant success,” Rikku concludes.
Issued on behalf of Quoin Rock Wine Estate by Heike Kannemeyer at Hatch Communications
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