Rueben Riffel

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23, 1974
South Africa
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23, 1974 (age 46)
South Africa


South African celebrity chef and restaurateur who is known for his television appearances, cookbooks, and philanthropic work within the industry. He is best known for running the award winning restaurant Reuben's in Franschhoek as well as Racine in Chamonix. He can be seen on MasterChef South Africa and has hosted his own cooking show called 5 Sterre met Reuben. 

Before Fame

His career began as a waiter at the Chamonix Restaurant. He eventually moved to the kitchen to help assist and soon after became a sous chef. Through hard work and dedication, he was made executive chef at the restaurant and began his career. He went on to open his own restaurant in 2004. 


He has earned several awards for his cooking including the SA Chef of the Year Award in 2004. His restaurant Reuben's was also awarded the Eat Out Restaurant of the Year Award the same year. 

Family Life

He was born and raised in Framschhoek, South Africa. He met his wife Maryke while working at Monneaux and together they have two children. 

Associated With

He was interviewed and featured on Martha Stewart's television program .