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Matt Manning's Chef's Studio to introduce CT to interactive, experiential dining

Dining experience innovator Chef Matt Manning is set to introduce Cape Town to yet another unique offering with The Chef's Studio. Located at 103 Bree Street, this restaurant encourages people to connect with each other through experiences, which let them explore and interact with extraordinary ingredients.
It features a number of sleek cooking stations equipped with the latest technology from brand partner Siemens, a communal dining table as well as a private dining room, where Manning and his team will host interactive and experiential dining events open to the public for booking, as well as private functions for corporates and tour groups.

The Chef’s Studio also offers a smaller, more informal everyday eatery also owned by Manning and located in the same building; ‘Grub & Vine’ will serve relaxed yet refined fare, and will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday dinner.

Manning, who cut his teeth in London’s Michelin-starred kitchens, is known locally for One Ingredient; a pop-up dinner featuring a single ingredient across multiple courses. The experience includes a cooking demo from Manning, with guests required to recreate his dishes. He explains that the concept for the Chef’s Studio first came about when the space, where he used to host his popular dinners, closed. 

One Ingredient, two thumbs up

How many courses can you prepare using, say, mushrooms, fennel, or perhaps bacon? Can you imagine a delicious dessert with fennel in it? Chef Matt Manning can; showing off his culinary skills at the One Ingredient new venue launch, he conjured up a titillating tasting menu.

By Sindy Peters 19 Aug 2014

“What made One Ingredient successful was the interactive element; the previous venue featured a working kitchen, and guests loved rolling up their sleeves, prepping and plating their dishes, before enjoying their meal surrounded by a table of strangers – who often went on to become friends. 

“I wanted to recreate this hyper-social style of dining through offering different, interactive experiences, in a more permanent, contemporary space,” says Manning.

Housed in a Bree Street loft and with real woodwork benches, steel features and plush leather finishes, the Chef’s Studio is both industrial and elegant at the same time. 

“The design and layout not only allows guests to harness their cooking talents; but to do so in a uniquely Capetonian space right in the heart of the Mother City’s most famous foodie district."

Manning says that the Chef’s Studio was inspired by the growing desire for more experiential dining.

“People are now infatuated with food; we want to know how it is made, where it comes from, how to make it taste – and more importantly look – spectacular. Chefs have become celebrities. Farmers and butchers are heroes. Food styling is a sought-after career. People want to really immerse themselves in the experience of dining.

“The Chef’s Studio is designed with those in mind who are as excited about what goes into creating a beautiful meal, as they are about eating it.”

The Chef’s Studio is now open for corporate and private bookings in December 2018, January, and February 2019. Visit for more info.
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