The new Stellenbosch Kitchen restaurant, located in the historic centre of Stellenbosch, operates in a National Monument building that previously housed the very popular Jan Cats Restaurant & Ladies Bar, established in 1987.

Stellenbosch Kitchen and its underlying property are owned by André and Helena Pieterse, who also own the 5-star Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa and the highly regarded Helena's Restaurant at 33 Church Street in Stellenbosch.



Our dishes are adapted from classics found around the world. We source most of our produce within 50km of Stellenbosch and we liaise closely with our suppliers to procure only the freshest seasonal ingredients.



stellenbosch kitchen story sous chef

Robert Rainsford

Head Chef

A son of the Free State, Robert took to cooking at an early age.
As cheffing seemed a natural career choice, he commenced his studies at the Food & Beverage Institute Bloemfontein under Lesley Jacobs and Kevin Gericke, formerly head chef lecturer at the Technikon Free State. Throughout his training and early industry experience, Robert favoured hot and cold production areas and has excelled at the pass.
His gregarious personality makes him adaptable to various culinary styles and adept at interpreting flavours by harnessing the best from fresh produce and ingredients.