Kai Gozo

Professional Chef | Leeuwarden | Netherlands

Who are you and where do you come from?
I am Kai Gozo, i am from South Africa, Johannesburg

When did you start working in a kitchen?
in 2013

Where does your inspiration come from?
It comes from my aunt who was a fantastic cook herself

How would you describe your style of cooking?
It is innovative. Using incredible fresh ingredients and not altering them too much. My mentor Albert Kooy believes in organic and fresh products, that is how i prefer to work. Making incredible products with full flavors.

What is your favorite ingredient?
Rib Eye Steak

What is your favorite thing to cook?
Steak and fish

What is your favorite cuisine?
A fusion of french and dutch cuisine

What is your advice to people who want to become a chef?
Work hard, and never let anyone tell you that it cannot be done, after all, the dutch government told me i could have a dutch work permit..I wasnt having that!

What is your ultimate food dream?
To own a restaurant, a michellin star level one, but not bowing down to their sometimes ridiculous standards. In short, a top quality 3 star restaurant that doesnt need reaffirmation, just happy customers. And thats the bottom line.

Where are you working now?
Wannee Restaurant, Leeuwarden, Holland

Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 3 years and 5 years?
Still going from kitchen to kitchen learning my trade.


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