Chef Justin Jonah has been a Senior Chef at Emperors Palace for the past two years, and has made a name for himself in the hospitality industry, both in South Africa and internationally for more than 12 years. With formal training in kitchen artistry in the mediums of ice, fruit, chocolate and sugar, Jonah has honed his skills as a chef and successfully elevated his cooking into a form of art.
Jonah worked in Dubai and Qatar for 3 years, at the prestigious Raffles as well as various countries in West Africa. This Chef De Cuisine has co-owned two restaurants, Rendezvous Umhlanga and Rendezvous Umdloti, both ranked in the top 100 restaurants in South Africa from 2010 to 2012.
Jonah describes himself as consistent, persevering and at times pedantic. His hunger for knowledge and understanding people, cuisines and all forms of artistry from metal work, sculpturing, and sugar work is what inspires his fresh and creative ideas in the kitchen.
He adds that being an artist and pursing the career of being a chef, provides him with daily opportunities to express his thoughts and ideas. Jonah studied for 4 years at the International Hotel School – Ahla Standards - and graduated with higher diplomas in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management. He chose not to pursue a front of house career, as he has an undeniable passion for being in the kitchen and creating culinary masterpieces.
Jonah’s number one personal goal is to create a culinary signature dish that is identifiable with his personality. He would like the dish to be a physical, sustainable, nourishing embodiment of his growth as a chef, artist and the stage at which he is in his life.
He is committed to creating a standard of food and service excellence by building a team that shares the same vision and who will ultimately work together as a single unit. Jonah prides himself on developing his team through the sharing of skills and knowledge, essential tools that ensures career growth.
Jonah’s reputable culinary career, ability to stay ahead of the dining curve will only continue to enhance the highly celebrated Aurelia’s Restaurant at Emperors Palace.
“I am very lucky to be working for the most dynamic and very busy restaurant in the Peermont group and possibly Johannesburg. I look forward to the continued working relationship with the great front of house and back of house team in our constant pursuit to being the best and taking the restaurant to the next level,” said Justin Jonah.
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