Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa has appointed Justin Maharaj as its new Executive Chef at flagship restaurant, Amuse-Bouche.

Maharaj grew up in Tongaat, KwaZulu Natal, then studied at the International Hotel School in Durban, where he received his higher diploma in Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management. He also graduated with a Hospitality Management diploma and a Food and Beverage diploma from The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. Initially unsure if his future lay in the kitchen, Maharaj studied towards a B. Com Accounting degree at the University of KZN. Halfway through, he realised it wasn’t for him and answered his calling to become a chef.

Maharaj’s CV includes three years as the Executive Chef for The Maslow in Sandton, Executive Sous Chef at the Time Square Casino in Menlyn and four years as Sous Chef at Emperors Palace. During his ownership and running of two of the top 100 restaurants in South Africa, Rendezvous in Umhlanga and in Umdloti, Justin developed excellent entrepreneurial and business acumen.

“I’ve worked with great chefs who inspired me to push through the demands of the industry,” says Maharaj.

As a chef, Maharaj strongly believes in pushing the envelope and surpassing established benchmarks. “Perseverance is the only way to pioneer success!” he says. The seasoned chef wants to see Amuse-Bouche become the number-one restaurant in Gauteng, through exceeding guest expectations and becoming a culinary leader. “Old-fashioned, wholesome food will be a constant,” he promises.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa MD Michael Kewley says: “Justin is intuitive, imaginative and driven to accomplish greatness. He’s a breath of fresh air and we look forward to seeing and tasting his creations.”