Private Chefs and Catering


Chef Jeremy Vermaak and his CAPE TOWN CHEF team is a highly dedicated and professionally trained group of private chefs and caring villa personnel. We strive to make your holiday or event unpaired with our superb services and talented staff. 

CAPE TOWN CHEF is based in South Africa and caters to clients both locally and abroad. We travel the globe to deliver world-class culinary experiences to a diverse range of clients, from private villas and large private homes to exclusive hotels and their discerning guests. We are passionate about creating memorable dining experiences and bringing our love of food to your table.

The team is particularly proud of CAPE TOWN CHEF's outstanding reputation; our praiseworthy client testimonials speak volumes of our services and the team's collective talent and effort. Please get in touch with us to discuss your personal requirements - we look forward to pairing up the perfect private chef and tailoring bespoke menus for your holiday or event.

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Private Chefs

From Plettenberg Bay in South Africa to the distant shores of America, you will find our talented chefs following the summer roster. You choose the destination and CAPE TOWN CHEF will travel to you to ensure a memorable getaway with your friends and family. 

Our services begin prior to your arrival to ensure that your experience is nothing short of perfect from the moment you arrive. This includes meeting your private chef to discuss your personalised menus and the details of your venue, checking cooking facilities and equipment, as well as sourcing ingredients and stocking provisions in your pantry. We prepare delicious breakfasts, lunch and dinners on a daily basis as per your request and provide a full service from setting your dining table to a complete kitchen clean-up.

We also provide gourmet catering for events you would like to host while on holiday, be it a cocktail party or sit-down dinner party, a romantic dinner for two or a picnic, high-tea or any special occasion worthy of celebration, from birthdays and anniversaries to engagement parties and weddings. Our chefs behind the scenes as well as our front of house staff focus on the finer details of your event, whether big or small, we aim to make it stand out from the rest. 

You can choose the expertise of your private chef to suit your requirements:

  • Executive Chefs
  • Qualified Chefs
  • Student Chefs/Cooks

Please have a look at our wide range of menu options which can be tailored to your preferences and dietary requirements.

Villa Services

We specialise in making your holiday as luxurious as possible. While you relax in the comfort of your own home or rented villa, why not make use of our additional services so that you don't need to lift a finger. CAPE TOWN CHEF's range of villa services go hand-in-hand with our private chef and catering services to provide a full-service offering to satisfy the world's most discerning holidaymakers.

We have a dedicated team of staff on hand and outsource the best in the industry to offer you the following:

  • Housekeeping staff and waitrons
  • Nannies and baby sitters
  • Airport transfers
  • Scenic and adventure tours
  • Yoga instructors and personal fitness trainers
  • Health and beauty treatments
  • Event coordination
  • Flowers and decor
  • Bar supply and bar staff
  • Event hire
  • Band and DJ hire
  • Photographers

Contact us to discuss your specific requirements so we can start planning your next holiday.

Kitchen Consulting


Chef Jeremy Vermaak has established himself as a leader in the hospitality industry and offers valuable consulting services to hotels and restaurants. His expertise and skills can be put to work on your menu planning and kitchen staffing. CAPE TOWN CHEF recruits talented chefs to professional kitchens around the globe. Jeremy can also assist with your stock controls and management, putting in place processes to ensure the efficient running of your establishment. 

Whether you need assistance with an existing dining concept or new culinary venture, Jeremy's years of experience can add value to your business. Contact Chef Jeremy Vermaak directly to discuss your consulting needs.

Jeremy's most recent consultancy was for North Island, Seychelles. View the video they produced, featuring Jeremy, below.

Meet The Team


Who is Cape Town Chef?

Established in 2008, CAPE TOWN CHEF is a dynamic team of professional chefs led by Chef Jeremy Vermaak. He has developed and trained the team to service the needs of summer vacation rentals, private homes, exclusive hotels and their discerning guests who have a taste for bespoke gourmet cuisine and exceptional villa service. 

Based in Cape Town, we travel to local and foreign destinations to share our expertise and skills in your kitchen and give your senses an experience. Passionate about what we do - our love of food and quality ingredients permeates all of our dishes. We are truly inspired when we know the source of our produce and how it was cultivated from farm to table. Our team of talented chefs is well-travelled and can bring our unique CAPE TOWN CHEF style to a variety of cuisines. 

Our uncompromising customer service and attention to detail is at the core of our comprehensive offering. CAPE TOWN CHEF subscribes to the philosophy that NOTHING is too much trouble in their quest to make your holiday experience a truly enjoyable and unforgettable one. Experience, skills and professionalism is coupled with genuine warmth, care and attention, which together writes a formidable recipe for the CAPE TOWN CHEF team. 


JEREMY Vermaak

Jeremy was brought up in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and spent his childhood on a large dairy farm that is renowned for his mother's artisanal cheeses. Surrounded by the strong food culture of the Natal Midlands Meander, Jeremy unwittingly had his future carved out for him.

He later enrolled at the well-known Silwood School of Cookery, a Cordon Bleu cooking school in the Western Cape of South Africa where he found his true passion for cooking. Since qualifying Jeremy excelled in the hospitality industry, using his skills as a passport to many different countries where he gained experience in cooking, food trends, produce and leadership.

As a classically trained Cordon Bleu Chef, his culinary style has a foundation of French cuisine, but through years of travelling and cooking abroad he has adopted a large repertoire of styles and use of flavours, allowing the fresh and seasonal produce of the area to be his compass in creating dishes. 

A passion for food and raw ingredients reflects daily in his work and at home. Healthy eating has always been a way of life for Jeremy. He prefers clean food where each ingredient is respected, not masked but rather enhanced through pairing. The focal point of each of his dishes is usually one lavish component that is accompanied by something unique or classical that he has picked up through his years of experience in food preparation.

I will forever be a student to food and the myriad possibilities each raw ingredient holds. It brings out the artist within. I cook because it relaxes me and simultaneously challenges me. It affords me opportunities to travel and surrounds me with summer. Food is at the heart of all meeting places. Never repetitive and always exciting. I cook because food is my culture.

Our Chefs


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Our Testimonials


Our Clients

CAPE TOWN CHEF caters to clients both locally and abroad. Our team serves private villas throughout South Africa, along the Western Cape coastline from the Atlantic Seaboard to Plettenberg Bay and further afield from Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape through to Umhlanga and Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal. CAPE TOWN CHEF travels the globe to deliver world-class dining experiences to a diverse range of clients, from large private homes on the East Coast of the United States, the Greek Island of Mykonos, England and France to exclusive private islands such as North Island, Seychelles.

This is what they have to say about CAPE TOWN CHEF...

For starters Jeremy is the most reliable, efficient, organised person Iโ€™ve ever met. For the main section his food is not only delicious but creative and his menus are so varied, if youโ€™re having an intimate dinner or a party for 500 Jeremy can adapt for every occasion. And finally Jeremy has a wonderful team who all work tirelessly with smiles on their faces and this comes from the top - Jeremy. I canโ€™t recommend him highly enough.
— Angie and Mike Rutherford
Jeremy was imaginative in the planning of our menus, resourceful in his daily shopping for fresh provisions and most reliable in recommending some of the really good wines and restaurants of Cape Town. His all round knowledge of ingredients, their balance in the making up of a recipe and his passionate interest in food presentation created a harmonious result. Based on our holiday experience, I can unreservedly recommend Jeremy Vermaak to you.
— Ingrid Hoffmann
Jeremy Vermaak plays a major part in ensuring guests have a wonderful time. We find, my wife and two daughters share my opinion, that the quality of this chef is extremely high. He serves excellent menus that kept surprising us. In addition he shows a real and genuine desire to really make our holidays as enjoyable as possible. This is what really makes the differenceโ€ฆ
— Peter Reimer
Chef Jeremy Vermaak is an extraordinary chef who is passionate about cooking. His menu choices are innovative, his service is impeccable and his sumptuous meals are memorable.
— Jerry and Katherine Speyer