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New Emperors Palace Chef adds spice to Aurelia’s


28 June 2011


The conservatory style Aurelia’s restaurant which is classically positioned at the heart of the 5-star D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperors Palace has a new Emperor in the kitchen. Chef de Cuisine, Preshanthan Pillay brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to the table that he plans to put to good use by continuing to build on Aurelia’s excellent reputation as a destination for those who seek the finer things in life.

The talented chef has worked in kitchens both abroad and across South Africa where he has made a name for himself in epicurean circles with his flair and passion for serving up only the best of the best. Pillay knew from the tender age of eight that he was destined to become a chef. He started his culinary career training with the Christina Martins School of Food & Wine, Three Cities Hotel Group and American Hospitality Academy. He then spent two years in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Kevin Joseph in Kapenta Bay, Port Shepstone.

Lured by expanding his culinary experience, he then moved to America and worked in Orlando and South Carolina for a year. “This gave me an excellent opportunity to discover international trends in cooking and enabled me to enhance my expertise in the kitchen,” says Pillay.

The ambitious chef then went on to dazzle kitchens in Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit, Plettenberg Bay and Ballito. “Food and the preparation of it is my ultimate passion. My purpose in a kitchen is to create a taste sensation for my diners, using the best possible ingredients and my years of experience. From each restaurant that I’ve worked at, I have taken a piece of wisdom which has helped me become the creative chef I am today,” says Pillay.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Peermont team.  Aurelia’s is a prestigious fine dining masterpiece and I am honoured to be here. I cannot wait to bring some old classics with a hint of new flavours to the exciting menu,” says Pillay.

Aurelia’s provides the stunning setting to dine out in style and with its sizzling specials for couples running for the duration of winter; it can warm up any relationship. The Aurelia’s specials for two include a two course set lunch menu plus a glass of wine for only R150 per couple from Mondays to Thursdays at 12h30 to 15h00. The dinner for two special includes a two course set menu and a glass of wine from Mondays to Thursdays from 18h30 to 22h00 for only R230 per couple.

With Pillay at the helm of the magnificent Aurelia’s restaurant, diners can look forward to a royal feast which will leave them wanting more.


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