SANDREN GOVENDER

EXECUTIVE CHEF: JEERA RESTAURANT

Head chef of the Sun Coast Towers Hotel, Sandren is the spice sorcerer at its Jeera Restaurant, a national award-winner for elevating Durban Indian cuisine to fine-dining heights. Super-Sandy, as he is known to his staff, buys his spices whole and his chillies fresh and  – rare among such senior chefs – roasts, grinds and mixes them all himself, creating a different personal blend for each curry on his menu. Sandren grew up on a KZN North Coast sugar farm; his granny was his great inspiration. He trained in Switzerland and worked all over the world, including Mauritius and at the Waldorf in London, before returning home to KZN.