Our good friend and chef David Higgs from Rust en Vrede restaurant in Stellenbosch has announced he’s leaving to pursue a new project in Johannesburg. He hasn’t confirmed exactly what the new venture is, but no doubt it presents him with a new challenge and will undoubtedly attract much attention given the great year the highly regarded chef has had.

Higgs has built a solid reputation for both himself and Rust en Vrede, which was placed 74th in the 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants. He also scooped the Chef of the Year award, with Rust en Vrede winning the Restaurant of the Year and Service Excellence awards, at the 2010 Eat Out Restaurant Awards.

Rust en Vrede have announced that current sous chef John Shuttleworth will replace him as head chef. We wish David all the best in his move north, and will miss him here in the Cape.