Congratulations to chef Jacques Van Der Merwe on his successful validation. His validation took place on the 27th of April in Birmingham. The role of the jury members was to experience the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef.
Jacques is a self taught and slightly unconventional chef who focuses on bringing something unique to the table. Starting out in a friend’s health food catering business he quickly realised just how much he enjoys cooking and within 6 months he opened the doors to his very own bistro. His concept was to serve a seasonal menu whereby every single ingredient was locally sourced and every dish on the menu was completely made by hand in house by he and his small team of chefs. Jacques’ food philosophy is simple: simplicity, technique and flavour. Food is art and dining should always be an experience! This humble approach to honest cooking earned his first restaurant a place in the top 4 restaurants in South Africa in 2016’s Restaurant Week Spring edition. After adding a new little member of the family, a recent move to Birmingham with his family means that Jacques is here to passionately shake things up a bit and bring a whole new flavour to the already bustling Birmingham food scene. With a vast knowledge in wine and spirits Jacques specialises in paired menus of all kinds: from coffee to brandies and even craft beer pairing menus. Jacques has a deep love for dessert and it shows in the way he merges old favourites and modern technique.
Stilton, lavender infused honey, sticky figs & koeksister twigs
“Firsty I think the concept of La Belle Assiette is fantastic. We had never experienced anything like this before. Incredible food all cooked and served in our own home, with the bonus of not having to do the washing up. Jacques created five amazing dishes, with fresh ingredients and he was a joy to talk to and watch in the kitchen. We loved every dish and I would without doubt hire Jacques again, thank you so much for such an incredible evening.“
“What a fantastic experience, the food was amazing, we loved every mouth full. All five dishes were unique and full of flavour. Jacques happily created two vegetarian options for me, while the rest of my guests had the meaty option. He created a lovely experience start to finish, brought out incredible food for us and gave us a little story about each of the dishes. At first I thought it would be strange having a chef in our kitchen, but Jacques is so friendly and down to earth that we thoroughly enjoyed his company. Our white chocolate moosse dessert was a masterpiece and the entire evening was faultless. I highly recommend Jacques for any special occasions you have, he will be sure to create something truly delicious & unique”.
“What a lovely evening we had. Chef Jacques prepared an amazing Menu of different tastes and even though I thought I would feel strange with someone using my kitchen, his friendliness made everyone feel so comfortable. The first course was a caramelised onion loaf freshly prepared in my kitchen which was wonderful and everything that followed was equally fantastic. I would highly recommend booking Jacques, you will not be disappointed”.