The Croatian native hopped off a celebrity cruise liner in the early 2000s and never looked back. Hoping to simply celebrate New Year’s Eve in South Africa before returning to the kitchen in the Atlantic, Slobodan fell in love with the country and never got on his flight back home. Shortly thereafter, he took up an opportunity in Johannesburg to cook at a popular restaurant and began his food journey in South Africa.

If cooking for Mike Tyson, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith wasn’t enough, he quickly climbed the ranks at popular restaurant, Pigalle, where he became the Head Chef cooking for various South African celebrities and politicians. With a keen focus on quality cuts of meat, aged-steaks and simple flavours, Slobodan is excited to bring a renewed sense of simplistic creativity to the Vivace Restaurant & Show Kitchen

“South Africa’s quality of meat is unrivalled. I feel lucky to be able to work with such produce. Only once you’ve tasted a steak overseas do you truly know appreciation for the cuts of meat we have here,” says the qualified butcher turned executive chef. “From my 20 years of experience cooking for South African’s I can appreciate their love for good quality beef and poultry, I hope to allow that to shine through at Vivace.”

General Manager, Danie Smit says he’s excited to have an executive chef in the kitchen who boasts an international expertise, “Chef knows what our guests want and how to cater for their needs, but he’s also earned his international cooking stripes. With that brings its own critical edge to differentiate Vivace restaurant from other surrounding properties.”


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