Executive Chef Sandile Mntambo,
Born in the heart of KwaZulu Natal
I moved to Johannesburg in the early stages of my life to pursue a better life for myself and my family.
My background of cooking comes from home grown food, specializing in African cuisine.
I found my passion for food at The Blades Lodge and worked under Sammy Mashile and France Kutumela. working at the blades opened my eyes to more food concepts in Africa, that brought a different type of taste and feeling.
I started my career by working at the Johannesburg Country Club where I found my passion for cooking.
Thereafter I moved to The Hallmark House in which my creativity and variety of food and plating came about - I was mentored by Katlego Mlambo in where my food skills and knowledge expanded,
I developed and found a passion for fine dining food; hallmark made me see different methodologies in cooking and platting at a fine dining level.
The Love of cooking came from a loving mother that enjoyed cooking food, from different cultures from around the country and culturally food was the inspiration of becoming a chef I am today.
My career further advanced when I was given the opportunity by Sean Bartlett – My General Manager to take over as the Executive Chef at Ten Bompas Hotel, whom believed I can take Ten Bompas Hotel to a whole new level with the combination of French and South African cuisines, combining the two and ensuring each dish is rich in flavour, most of our produce is grown in our garden at the hotel.