There’s a rumour that gets traded behind passes, in back-alleys of restaurants, and at early morning fish-markets that Chef Peter Tempelhoff emerged into this world with his tiny fingers gripping a wooden spoon. He was, it seems, born to cook. Rumours aside, after Peter Tempelhoff had grown and finished his schooling, he started a degree economics.

Before it was too late he realized a life as a desk-jockey would be a nightmare, and disappeared into a forest to cut down some trees for a while. Emerging from the forest he still wasn’t sure what he should do with his life. So, he took an aptitude test. The result was unsurprising: CHEF. The gods were shouting, cook Peter, you need to cook.

“Peter has worked alongside of the greatest and most imaginative chefs of this generation”

Currently, Peter holds the position of Executive Chef in the The Collection by Liz McGrath. He continues to explore, understand and re-imagine what South African food can be by investigating local flavour through ingredients specific to his locale

The gods and the aptitude test were right.

Moving to London, Peter worked at a series of increasingly prestigous restaurants. First at Quo Vadis with Marco Pierre White for a year; then two years at his first Michelin starred restaurant, Hambleton Hall, with mentor and friend Aaron Patterson; and at Giorgio Locatelli’s one Michelin starred restaurant, Zafferano.

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The restaurants

The Greenhouse

We live in a complex, joyful, and beautiful country; a country where your ideas and preconceptions change the longer you look at them. Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss and their team look long and hard at what we eat, and where it’s from. 

The Greenhouse

We live in a complex, joyful, and beautiful country; a country where your ideas and preconceptions change the longer you look at them. Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss and their team look long and hard at what we eat, and where it’s from. 

THE HOFF
PRIVATE CHEF

Planning a private dinner or small event, then contact us for all your catering needs.

THE HOFF

PRIVATE CHEF

Planning a private dinner or small event, then contact us for all your catering needs.

SOCIAL

  • Lost in Space. The mammoth task of hanging the FYN chandelier has been completed. With the last rope hung it’s nearly time to get the show on the road. We are opening in 5 days time and I could not be more nervous and excited about what to expect. Our team is set, collaborators nearly finished their tasks, interiors almost done, menu on paper and bookings open... we’re soooo nearly there. Look forward to seeing you all there soon. #newadventuresahead #fyn #capetownfood @fynrestaurant @eatoutcapetown @greenhouse_ct @eatoutcapetown @food24_sa @ashleybmoss @avenue_communications @juliaedutoit @claylat @hugejennifer
  • The new restaurant is taking shape... Black is definitely back! @fynrestaurant #newrestaurant #fyn #cheflife #coolspot
  • Mire Poix the Cape way!!! #fynbos #rastaherbs @food24_sa @eatoutcapetown @greenhouse_ct @fynrestaurant
  • Julia’s last night in Greenhouse, before she moves into town to open Fyn with @ashleybmoss and me; exciting times ahead. #newadventures #fyn #capetownfood @juliaedutoit @ashleybmoss @fynrestaurant @avenue_communications

In his words, all he has to do now is keep innovating, keep coming up with new things, new dishes, new flavours, and always keep stretching the boundary.”

In his words, all he has to do now is keep innovating, keep coming up with new things, new dishes, new flavours, and always keep stretching the boundary.”

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