Alex Poltera

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A born and bred KwaZulu-Natal Midlands boy, Alex was exposed to the hospitality industry right from the word go. His family had built and started Fern Hill Hotel before he had even been born. For as long as Alex can remember, cheffing and hotel life has been hardwired into his DNA, and has formed part of who he is now. An active participant in the culinary scene, Alex is now a proud board member of both Chaine des Rotisseurs and SACA and is passionate about being an active participant in his industry.

As the executive chef, Alex Poltera has transformed the menu into one which prides itself on using local ingredients. His simple and flavoursome approach to food is one that highlights the fundamental elements of a dish, rather than an overworked example. Known for its progressive plant-based offerings, Fern Hill is also a mecca for vegans and vegetarians visiting the Midlands. To sample wholesome and delicious Midlands’ cuisine at its best, be sure to visit Fern Hill Hotel. Look out for his sublime food and wine paired dinners. His collobartive dinners with other top chefs in the area, are also not to be missed.

If you’re looking for someone who will go the extra mile for your special event and leave your guests smiling from ear to ear, Alex is your man. Step away from the traditional catering buffet and ask him to create a bepsoke menu to suit your occasion, your needs and your budget. His menus can be made vegan-friendly and to suit all other dietary requirements.

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