Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn, the 2017 Eat Out Rising Star, is making waves at Umhlanga’s hottest fine-dining restaurant with confident, seasonal food.
Before opening The Chefs Table in May 2016, Kayla-Ann headed up the team at Trafford’s in Pietermaritzburg, after completing her training at 1000 Hills Chef School in KwaZulu-Natal.
The trailblazing young chef has since been impressing Durbanites with her refined technique and plating skills, wielding the latest fine-dining trends to create dishes from seasonal ingredients.
Kayla-Ann’s style of cooking is all about flavour, with a goal of emphasising and enhancing ingredients and using the most sustainable options available. Inspired by the season’s bounty, the chef changes the menu daily. Think fresh local oysters with apple-and-chilli oil, roasted lamb rib with smoked marrow bones, wood-fired prawns with garlic butter foam, and textures of lemon posset with caramelised lemon rind and deconstructed lemon meringue.
Head judge Abigail Donnelly praises the young chef’s remarkable progression in her cooking and in running a restaurant: “Kayla-Ann displays impressive confidence in her food, which I am sure will take her on a successful journey to be a top chef and restaurateur”.
For more details on Kayla-Ann’s delicious cooking, read the full review of The Chefs Table.