GT and Lizelle Lundie met while they were both working at Singita, a luxurious private game lodge in Mpumalanga. They set off to work their way along the culinary routes of London and Scotland together for a year.
On their return, GT was instrumental in elevating Roots (at the Cradle of Humankind) to one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa. But they could not shake the magnetic pull of the Lowveld and the desire to have their own restaurant.
The couple finally realised this dream and came full circle when they opened Orange Restaurant in Nelspruit in November 2007. Soon, they were raking in awards and catering for a full house every night.
Three years later, this husband-and-wife team seized the opportunity to bring exceptional dining to a wider audience and Zest was born.
GT combines a classical background and a wealth of experience with an innovative and passionate approach to food. Working with the French classics, and inspired by restaurant-goers and food-loving friends, he creates fresh and modern dishes. Read on for a brief overview of his 15-year career.
Excellent food, great service, fantastic selection of wines, great ambience, friendly and efficient waiters… Thank you!
This restaurant was absolutely stunning. Great tasting food, very good prompt service and very professional, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxing.
This restaurant always lives up to our expectations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner good food and excellent service.
Can really recommend this restaurant. Food was fantastic, service was great, cake was out of this world and the presentation was amazing.
A great eatery at any time of day. Zest is a great restaurant and serves great breakfast (try the Eggs Benedict), lunch and dinner and has a very good wine list.