Introducing Saxon Boutique Hotel’s Executive Chef: David Higgs

The news is out and this confirms it ? multi award-winning Chef, David Higgs has joined world renowned Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spas situated in Johannesburg, as the Executive Chef. Close on a month since his arrival, already Johannesburg’s foodies are streaming in to experience not only the delectable, but also visual choice of menu South Africa’s ‘Best Chef’ (nominated by Eat Out magazine in 2011), has to offer.

Could this be one of the ultimate highlights in David’s career, which to date has covered other acclaimed local restaurants such as Meerendal and Rust-en-Vrede in the Western Cape wine lands, and more recently Radisson Blu’s Gautrain restaurant?

“We are delighted to have David Higgs as the hotel’s new Executive Chef,” says The Saxon’s General Manager, George Cohen. “As food and wine trends continue to evolve, and as one of Johannesburg’s most prestigious luxury establishments, it is essential that we offer the absolute best to our valued guests. David’s appointment is vital in the future vision for the hotel,” Cohen concluded.

With David’s appointment at The Saxon, so too comes an entirely new food philosophy, complimented by his own beliefs that food preparation is an art, varying between the mundane and avant-garde. The question remains however, whether edible inspiration can change the definition of art at the same time as eating, and how this will ultimately impact the dining experience at The Saxon going forward?

David’s answer humbly suggests: “A successful restaurant is based upon repeat business and the presentation of its food. Although the dish may be something classical, eye-catching presentation is crucial, whether it is visually colourful or offering different textures. The objective of the new menus at The Saxon will be to entice guests; not only from a flavour point of view, but also that they should return, knowing they will always be personally welcomed. Relationships are vitally important and our guests should feel at home, surrounded by the ambiance of the hotel.”

Having visited and participated in a number of different international competitions such as judging the annual San Pellegrino Chef’s Cup in Italy, as well as ‘Les Etoiles de Mougin 2011’ in France, David’s experience way exceeds Johannesburg’s current gastronomic reputation, and will without doubt tempt patrons from near and far.

With David’s appointment comes a carte blanche brief to change the entire food and beverage offering at The Saxon, and to position the hotel once again as ‘the most exceptional dining experience’ in Johannesburg.

There have been many reviews about David and his restaurants in the past, but reading between the lines, it sounds as though we haven’t seen anything yet! For further information or reservations contact The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa directly on +27 11 292 6000 or visit their website

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