Cooked is a celebration of  Food  |  Wine  |  Life 

Over the years of presenting cooking classes, we have witnessed the magic that happens when people gather around the joint goal of preparing a meal. It is this magic that keeps us going!

Cook, Winemaker, Photographer & Dreamer

Johan Botha is a photographer, social media strategist, cook and winemaker. His passionate love affair with italian food started on a travel adventure to Italy 10 years ago. He would convert to being an Italian since he believes it’s sort of a religion that demands great ingredients combined with ridiculous simplicity. He has returned to Italy time again and have a dream to live there one day!

Being a father of three and husband to a wife in a high pressured corporate role, he believes his language of love is food. As a result he prepares food worthy for a royal family table daily. He scouts all the Cape Town digs in industrial areas to find good Italian ingredients and is constantly on the lookout for fresh ingredients. He maintains a vegetable garden as most fresh stores just does not meet his standards! He also grows a spectacular little herb garden…in his Italian inspired courtyard.

Johan learnt about cheese making in Umbria, Meats in Tuscany, Breads in Greece, Olives in Spain and he shares his world knowledge in a non pretentious way with family and friends, as well as cooking students, who usually end up becoming friends!

For his family, it’s just not fun going to a restaurant… Because their dad sets such a high standard in cooking.

Come join Johan on one of his culinary adventures!

Join the adventure – Cooking Classes

What’s cooking? – Recipes and such