Liam Tomlin opened Banc restaurant in Sydney in 1997 where he garnered many accolades including 3 Chef Hats.

Relocating to South Africa in 2003 he consulted to various projects within the hospitality industry and in 2010 opened Chefs Warehouse and Cookery School, Cape Town.

In 2014 the concept was changed, and Chefs Warehouse and Canteen began serving fine-dining quality global tapas.

In 2016 Liam opened Thali, a 'modern Indian' restaurant with Dimo Papachristodoulou and Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia with Ivor Jones offering the same 'Tapas for 2' menu as his other restaurants.

The following year Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek) opened with David Schneider leading the kitchen. This year Liam opened Jewells at the Spice Route, Paarl together with Tina and Neil Jewell.

Liam has also recently partnered with Victoria Engelhorn opening Brugarol in Barcelona, headed up by Angelo Scirocco (Urbanologi, Chefs Warehouse, Test Kitchen).

Liam and his team have also teamed up with Ginger & Lime food studio to host a variety of different cookery courses for anyone to attend.

Even though Liam does guide each of the restaurant's chefs in the Chefs Warehouse style, the daily running of operations is the responsibility of the teams and partners.

Liam credits originality and sustainability as the key factors of the group's establishments. Each restaurant is different in its' own right but is within the core belief and philosophy of the business.


Jan Tomlin

Jan keeps a keen eye on operations in Bree street and holds all branding alignment through the group as well as look-and-feel, and set up of all the restaurants in the group.

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Peter is the glue that keeps the business going. As head of operations, he is responsible for the general administration of the company. Peter has been working with Liam and his restaurants for ten years, managing all procurement necessary for the business to run smoothly as a group.

Peter has created by hand many of the soft furnishings and uniforms in the group.

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Rachel Nicholson

Rachel has been a part of the Chefs Warehouse family since the beginning and is a general manager, operations manager, and front of house/service manager and trainer within the group. Rachel moves between restaurants to fine-tune service and guest relations from a food and wine service perspective.

Rachel is currently at Singita refining their already- excellent service to a new level and training new staff.


Food & Hospitality consultations

Liam consultants most notably with Singita (Luxury Safaris & Game Reserves)

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Cooking classes

Liam and his team offer cooking classes at Ginger & Lime. Email info@chefswarehouse.co.za to get on the mailing list and get notified when the next event is.