THE GOLOSO TEAM
Front of House team:
Owner - Johan Slabbert
What started as a casual cleaning job in a hotel two decades ago, turned into a career that proves once the bug bites...
Having worked his way up from mopping floors to owning his own humble little restaurant, much experience was gained in places like Lord Charles, Grande Roche, Mont Rochelle and an 8 year stint on the management team of La Colombe, an award winning restaurant crowned the 12th best in the world.
The owner is not Italian (let's keep this between us), but the love for Italian Cuisine runs deep and true.
Says Johan: "I'm from a 7th generation farm in the Karoo, near Jansenville, a sleepy one horse town. During World War 2, a number of Italian POW was sent to the farms, and we received around half a dozen. One of them was a chef...
My grandmother, at the time newly wed, pregnant and not knowing much about cooking, soon took his advice and with his help, started creating the most delicious Italian dishes using humble ingredients.
My mother was a teacher, so as a small boy my gran used to look after me in the day time. My childhood memories is filled with images, aromas and flavors of Italian inspired dishes bubbling away slowly on a wood fired stove.
My gran is no longer around, but much of what we do at Goloso today pays homage to what she taught me."
Manager - Carl Josias
Everybody needs a right hand, and Carl can best be described as having two right hands!
With a long career in the catering and restaurant industry, Carl has been on the team since the very start. With the restaurant open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Carl is here whenever the owner is not around.
Johan and Carl is ably supported by waiters Alan and Sihle, and barman George, who are all passionate about serving our many wonderful customers.
The kitchen team:
Nami Ditolo - Head Chef
Nami is our longest serving staff member, and the "yardstick" for much of what we do. Cooking for over 2 decades, she knows our methods and recipes backwards and she's the "Mama" of the team. Nami also loves tea, a lot.
Lindani Zumani - Pasta & Pizza maker, baker of that amazing Apple Pie
Lindani has also been with us from the very start. Making pasta and rolling pizza bases by hand, strong as an ox (he's also our unofficial bouncer), he has a delicate side to him that shows in his masterful creation of the most delicious and beautiful apple pie the world has ever seen. "Lindanis Famous Apple Pie" is a top feature on our menu, and we sell thousands of portions every year.
Nami and Lindani is ably supported by a team of chefs, salad & dessert makers and cleaners, consisting of Pam, Pumla, Yamkele, Sandra, Vuyo and Funghai