Chef to the rich and famous, successful restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author, hospitality consultant endorsed by FEDHASA (Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa), and internationally recognised by Chefs Alert for his creative plating, Jason Whitehead has made his mark on the South African – and global – food industry.

Jason has travelled extensively around the world and draws inspiration for his culinary creations from his favourite destinations – India, Thailand and France. His restaurant, Fréres Bistro (2013 – 2015), was consistently ranked in the top 20 of more than 1 000 restaurants on TripAdvisor, and was one of Cape Town’s truly authentic French-style bistros.

A vibrant disposition and natural flair allows Jason to present fun and quirky interactive cooking demonstrations, and he has worked with some of the biggest brands in South Africa, including Robertsons Herbs & Spices and Unilever Food Solutions, with talents extending to food styling and recipe conceptualisation. Jason is the only South African chef to have presented live cooking shows on Holland America Cruise Liners for Americas Test Kitchen.



When South Africa went into a countrywide lockdown due to the Coronavirus on 27th March 2020, renowned chef and cookbook author Jason Whitehead decided to use his time wisely, to raise funds for Streetscapes, the NPO he has been supporting and working with over the years.

He will be doing this by documenting his daily recipes in an e-book  called “My Lockdown Cookbook”. “It is not your run-of-the-mill cookbooks,” says Jason. “As the cover depicts, it’s a diary of sorts, with stories and recipes from a chef in quarantine.”

The team at Streetscapes  – https://www.khulisa.org.za/streetscapes/ – does such amazing work for the homeless community in and around Cape Town.  “As they have very little in terms of funding, I thought I could utilise this time in lockdown to raise some much-needed funding for them. I know this is a difficult time for all of us, but at least most of us have a roof over our heads and food in our fridges. The homeless community have neither” Comments Jason.



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