Now the chef is opening his own restaurant in downtown Cape Town, one that’s been “simmering on the backburner” for 22 years. It is about to change the way gourmands perceive dining in the CBD. Simply titled Fyn (Afrikaans for fine) in what he refers to as the “better half of the word fynbos, it’s the realisation of a dream”.
If his name and reputation doesn’t sell you on the experience, the location will – the new restaurant has magnificent views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, and a distinctive lower-Manhattan feel which Tempelhoff loves.
Two of the best operators in the business are his partners. Executive chef Ashley Moss, Tempelhoff's head chef at Greenhouse for the past four years, will be in charge of the kitchen. Jennifer Hugé, who was restaurant manager at La Colombe for 14 years, will be Fyn’s general manager.