The life of a private chef: uncovered in a new TV show

Distell Luxury Brands partner with chef Neill Anthony.

21 Apr 2015

Set in cosmopolitan South Africa, Neill Anthony – Private Chef is a fresh new cooking TV show that takes a look at the life of one of South Africa’s highly sought-after private chefs - Neill Anthony. It gives viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the homes of Neill’s prestigious clients, socialite friends and fun-loving acquaintances as he takes ordinary dining experiences and transforms them into exclusive fine dining extravaganzas.

This 13 episode TV series features South African personalities such as Francois Pienaar, Katlego Maboe, Kamini Pather, Sandy Geffen and Aubrey Ngcungama. The series was filmed by leading local TV production company, Okuhle Media, and was shot on location in some of South Africa’s most breathtaking settings.  

As a down-to-earth and humble chef with a passion for good food, Neill uses only the best in local, seasonal, and sustainable produce as he believes this translates to better food on the plate. His "local is lekker" approach takes viewers on a colourful journey through the bustling streets of Cape Town and surrounds as he shares valuable “how to” tips and "sourcing secrets” ahead of each glittering event.


Neill spent 10 years in Europe honing his skills in the professional kitchens of Gordon Ramsay, Alyn Williams, Jerome Henry and Marcus Wareing. On his return to the Mother City, he became a personal chef, cooking Michelin-star quality food for his clients in the comfort and safety of their own homes.


Distell was selected as the brand partner of choice as its range of luxury products - wines, whiskies and cognac - provide the ideal and natural accompaniment to Neill's five-star gourmet meals and the A-list clientele featured in the series. The Distell Luxury portfolio includes a range of carefully selected brands that meet the expectations of discerning consumers.

"We are proud to be involved in the show as it is a natural fit for our brands. Neill is a talented chef - we really enjoy watching the magic he creates with his personalised menus," commented Sarah Wassell, Distell SA Luxury Brands.

“Its always nice to work with brands such as Distell, because you know everything is all about pure quality. The range is versatile and offers a wide selection of spirits and wines to compliment any meal perfectly,” said Neill Anthony.

Don't miss the show

Neill Anthony – Private Chef airs every Sunday on SABC3 from 16h30 to 17h00 (15 March to 7 June 2015) and repeats are aired on Fridays from 15h00 to 15h30 (20 March to 12 June 2015).

Follow Neill on Twitter @NeiLLAnthony and Facebook Neill-Anthony. You can also find out what he's up to on Instagram @neillanthony

- Media release




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