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Chef Johan Van Niekerk

Private Chef In Dallas

Chef Johan Van Niekerk

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French and Italian trained South African Chef

I studied at the Food & Beverage Institute in South Africa. I had the great opportunity of working for Chef Nicolas van der Walt, owner of the FBI School of Pastry where I learned everything from baking bread to creating wedding cakes. I was able to complete my studies at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL, before heading back to South Africa. It was in Cape Town where I worked with Chef Gabriele le Roux, at Peppenero Restaurant, before helping him open the Pepper Club Hotel. In 2012, I started with Crystal Cruises (Symphony) as Chef de Partie and worked my way up to SR Sous Chef. After 2 years, on board the Symphony, I moved to Vail, CO, where I worked for Master Chef Daniel Joly, owner of Mirabelle Restaurant in Beaver Creek. I then went on to work with Chef Nick Haley, owner of Zino Ristorante in Edwards, before joining the Four Seasons as Sous Chef. One year later I was promoted to Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons, Las Colinas, where I ran four separate outlets including LAW Restaurant, OutLAW Bar, Lobby Lounge and In Room Dining.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Dallas.


I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Dallas. You name it!

Cooking Classes

Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Dallas.

Tupperware meals

If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Dallas, count me in.

Book your experience with Chef Johan

Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.