About Cape Town Culinary Tours

Cape Town Culinary Tours offers an immersive journey through South Africa's culinary landscape. Combining cultural history, traditional South African flavours and 21st-century culinary experimentation, Cape Town offers a vibrant foodie scene unlike any other. There is no better way to explore the Mother City than with your tastebuds and our team is proudly dedicated to showing you this incredible city's gastronomic gems. We look forward to creating memories for you to cherish on this delicious journey called life.

Meet the Team


Elsje Bester

Co Founder and Tour Director

Elsje has travelled the globe. She has visited over 40 countries and relished their history, culture and – most importantly – their foods. Despite her love of travel, Elsje always finds herself returning to her favourite city in the world: Cape Town.

Elsje has been running Cape Town Culinary Tours for just over 5 years. Her unwavering passion for exploring the Mother City and sharing some of her favourite local foods – malva pudding, bunny chow, bobotie and, of course, great South African wine – with guests has lead to incredible growth in the company.

Elsje is happiest sitting around the dinner table with friends and family, sharing good food and stories. At Cape Town Culinary Tours we believe these are the memories that last a lifetime so pull up a chair and join the party!


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Justin Gilmour

Tour Guide and avid foodie.

Justin grew up exploring South Africa’s coastline where he learned to forage the land and sea for fungi, medicinal plants, seaweed and molluscs – many of which are endemic to South Africa. Beyond fresh ingredients, Justin is a proponent of local and traditional cooking and brewing methods. He’ll happily share the wonders of a good potjie, braai and umgombothi with you.

His love for food and nature lead him to study ecology and ecotourism at university during which time he did some fantastic work in wildlife conservation. If you get a chance, we recommend asking him to share stories of his time working with cheetahs. Seriously. Do it.

Justin – our resident polymath – has travelled extensively but his passion for South Africa and its unique place in the global culinary landscape keeps him close to home. Tours with Justin are always filled with great food, laughs and incredible stories that will delight your stomach and your mind.