A soft spoken gentleman, passionate and adventurous, Jean Pierre Smith – patron chef and baker extraordinaire at Lust Bistro & Bakery – strives to create dishes that are simple, fresh and without pretence.

His food journey started after he finished a degree in Industrial Psychology. ‘I enjoyed cooking from a young age, but didn’t know I wanted to become a professional chef,’ says Smith. Travelling through the UK, European mainland and South Korea his love and appreciation for food was born. At the Stellenbosch Institute of Culinary Arts upon his return to SA, he started building on his impressive resumé.

He’s worked alongside some of SA’s top creative foodies: Matthew Gordon, Executive Chef from Haute Cabrière; Kees Beyers, master chocolatier from Gauteng and Master in Fine Dining, Frank Zlomke from Grande Roche restaurant in Paarl. His talent earned him a spot on American illusionist, David Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas.

For the full article see Habitat #255 September / October 2016

Lust Bistro & Bakery: Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Intersection of the Klapmuts Rd and the R45, Franschhoek; Cape. Open Monday to Saturday from 7h30 to 17h00 and Sunday and public holidays from 7h30 to 16h00. Tel: 021 874 1456 or email: [email protected]