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DINNER FOR 10                                                                                                               Lot no. 03

        BY JOHN NORRIS-ROGERS                                                                                                       This lot for 10 people includes:
                                                                                                                                    •  An intimate multi-course fine-dining experience with
                                                                                                                                      benchmark wines in a beautiful Sir Herbert Baker-designed
        IN A SIR HERBERT BAKER HOME IN CAPE TOWN                                                                                      private home in Kenilworth, Cape Town.
                                                                                                                                    •  A chance to meet the talented John Norris-Rogers, head chef
                                                                                                                                      at PIER and Eat Out Chef of The Year for 2022.

        donated by                                                                                                                  •  Transport to and from the venue in vintage cars, from a
        La Colombe Group                                                                                                              pick-up point within the Winelands/Cape Town radius.

        For as long as he can remember, John Norris-Rogers wanted to be a
        chef. He was always drawn to cooking, and spent his school holidays in
        kitchens trying to learn as much about the food industry as he could.

        After graduating from the Silwood School of Cookery, he completed a
        coveted year-long internship at the award-winning La Colombe, under
        the mentorship of chefs Scot Kirton and James Gaag. He then left to
        explore more of the food world at Source Food Concepts, had a stint as
        a private chef at a ski resort in the French Alps, before returning to La
        Colombe as sous chef alongside current executive chef, James Gaag,
        in 2016. When La Colombe opened a sister restaurant in Franschhoek,
        La Petite Colombe, in August 2017, he took on the role of head chef.

        In 2021 John moved back to Cape Town to head the kitchen at La
        Colombe’s new PIER restaurant at the V&A Waterfront. Here guests
        enjoy a multi-course fine-dining experience, focussed on fresh
        produce with a special emphasis on inspiration from the ocean.

        Named Eat Out Woolworths Financial Services Chef of The Year for
        2022, John believes that there is something incredibly special about
        creating something beautiful, or expressing oneself through food.
        “Seeing guests, friends and family enjoy the fruits of your labour is
        very satisfying, and is part of what drives me,” he says.
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