Good news for foodies: Singita has appointed two executive chefs at its South African lodges. Archie Maclean is overseeing the culinary experience at Singita Lebombo Lodge and Singita Sweni Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Scott Rattray is heading up the kitchen at Singita Boulders Lodge in Singita Sabi Sand.
Before taking over at Singita Kruger National Park, Archie Maclean worked in kitchens all over the world. His international resume includes working with master chef Dietmar Sawyer at the award-winning Australian restaurant Forty One and alongside acclaimed South African chef Margot Janse at The Tasting Room in Franschhoek. Maclean launched his culinary career at The Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Surrey, England where he completed his apprenticeship under Michelin-starred celebrity chef David Evans. He has also worked for the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and Asara Wine Estate and Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Runner-up in South Africa’s prestigious Sunday Times Chef of the Year competition 2010, Scott Rattray graduated with a National Diploma in Hotel Catering and Institutional Operations at Norwich City College, in Norfolk, England. Scott is a co-owner of the popular Chef Scotty’s Restaurant in Pletternberg Bay where he was awarded the Sunday Times Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. The restaurant grows fresh farm produce and caters for large events and private functions.
No stranger to game lodges, Rattray spent ten years working as Executive Head Chef at CC Africa before taking on the position of Lodge Manager at Phinda Mountain Lodge, in KwaZulu Natal. He has also worked as an Interim Executive Chef at Singita Lembombo Lodge.