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Feb 14, 2020 | Lifestyle

FYN’s Peter Templehoff teams up with two-star Michelin chef Shin Takagi

When Peter Tempelhoff and his team launched FYN in 2018, it was with the goal of bringing something new to the culinary landscape of Cape Town. A dining destination that offered a food journey, straddling continents and immersing its guests in a convergence of exciting food, exquisite surrounds and seamless service.

The dawn of a new decade sees FYN continue to push the culinary bar with a first for South Africa – a globe-trotting collaboration that transcends cultural boundaries and offers diners the chance to experience a collaboration like no other: FYN x Zeniya

Conceived by Two Michelin Star Chef Shinichiro Takagi, the chef and owner credited with the success behind his Japanese restaurant, Zeniya – the (now legendary) Kaiseki restaurant based in Kanazawa – the dishes will featuring a harmonious combination of Japanese-South African ingredients. The collaboration menu, conceptualised and crafted together with Tempelhoff during his recent visit to Japan, will pay homage to both chefs’ commitment to locally sourced ingredients, minimal intervention and exquisite presentation.

“Chef Shin is a world-class cook with strong ties to his home region of Ishikawa. His love of using fresh, local ingredients to prepare mouth-watering, Kaiseki-inspired cuisine, makes him my ideal partner to create this once in a lifetime dining experience,” comments Tempelhoff.

Tempelhoff first hit it off with Takagi two years ago when he helped to organise a ‘stage’ in his restaurant in Japan. He says: “Although our cooking styles are different, we share common values such as a focus on the purity of local ingredients. More importantly though, we became friends.”

Collaboration dinners take place on 13 and 14 March. Cost is R3 500 per person and includes wine. Bookings open today. All reservations via

Website: FYN  
Website: Zeniya 
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Instagram: Peter Tempelhoff

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