Duncan Welgemoed’s plans to become an Egyptologist were thwarted when he was mugged and all of his money was stolen. Newly arrived in London from homeland South Africa, Duncan realised he needed work, quickly, so turned to a skill he grew up with, hospitality. He saw an ad for a chef de partie at La Bouchee in South Kensington. Duncan learnt his craft there and in several other UK Michelin-starred restaurants including The Greedy Goose in Oxfordshire– where he was part of the duo that won them their first Michelin star –
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Fat Duck in Bray, and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London.
After falling in love with an Australian girl Duncan left the UK and moved to her home town of Adelaide. He directed all his French cooking skills into Bistro Dom, which he ran until 2014. He then launched Africola, a restaurant that spoke to his homeland of Norwood, Northern Johannesburg. The menu is bold with dominant South African flavours of sour, hot, salty, sweet, and the added sparkle of Duncan’s love of foraging and Australian seasonality.
Position: head chef and co-owner of Adelaide’s Africola
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