Valley Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg welcomed Executive Chef Wayne Walkinshaw to the fold earlier this year and guests are reporting their experiencing a delectable culinary adventure.
Wayne’s passion for delicious cuisine and his penchant for adding modern flair to popular traditional dishes are resulting in diners sharing their experiences by word of mouth, resulting in this established country hotel no longer simply being a luxurious accommodation and spa treat but also a delectable dining destination in the scenic and historical Magaliesberg region.
He sports 24 years of hospitality experience gained from the UK to Zanzibar and at highly acclaimed South African hotels including Walkersons Country Manor and Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa, which was voted one of the top 50 small luxury hotels of the world, whilst enjoying global recognition as one of the first members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux association in southern Africa before closing in recent years as a result of a land claim commission.
Wayne says that he enjoys creating a unique, tasty experience for diners, using only the finest fresh local and imported produce, incorporating pure and crisp French-Mediterranean flavours, whilst maintaining our signature Italian and South African themed cuisine.
His belief in food not having to be complicated to taste good is attracting a whole new genre of visitors to this established country hotel.
Wayne is ticking all our boxes in executive chef requirements to further enhance the attractions to our four-star lodge, which has undergone superb upgrades over the past 6 years and his alchemy in creating a delectable dining experience is certainly complementing our award-winning lodge and spa.
Laurence McGrath – General Manager