Chef Jaco Kruger
Jaco studied at the well renowned Prue Leith Chef’s academy in Pretoria. Jaco finished his learnings in the art of becoming a chef by working his 6 months practical at the Cape Grace in Cape Town. Prior to acquiring Gaaitjie from its previous owner in 2015, Chef Jaco Kruger built his career locally, as well as internationally in Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam Jaco went to work at the Saxon Hotel with Chef David Higgs. His dishes combine local flavours with a variety of international influences.
Without any formal training, except for waitering during student years and a gap year in London, Valmé Olivier never imagined becoming a restauranteur.
Valmé studied BSc Biochemistry and Botany and worked in a laboratory for 4 years, after becoming a mom she went into early childhood development. Since 2015 she has been doing all the operational duties for the restaurant and assisting Chef Jaco; her brother; as the general manager.
Valmé’s passion lies in putting together Gaaitjie’s most unique wine list, sourcing great wines from the West Coast area. The list boasts many award winning wines and spirits and some hidden gems are also included. Some of the wines listed are Cederberg, Saronsberg, Teubes family wines, Mullineux and Leeu to name a few.
Valmé hopes to extend her knowledge in wine by doing wine training courses in the near future so that Gaaitjie can host some memorable wine tastings.