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Our Story

Culinary Table was born from the dream of father-daughter duo Wehrner and Daniela Gutstadt, to create a garden-to-table restaurant with all organic, wholesome produce and a dedication to sustainable restauranteering. But the Gutstadt family are no strangers to pioneering endeavo urs. 

The family  are the owners and operators of Culinary Equipment Company, suppliers to many of South Africa's top chefs and the architects of some of the most revered kitchens on the African continent.  The Lanseria showroom often served as a playground for chefs, with new equipment being demonstrated often, which led to a need to constantly stock ingredients on-site.

This, in turn, inspired the Gutstadts to begin providing lunch for Culinary staff, and recognizing the potential for the large space they had, they decided to turn what was once warehouse space and empty space outside, into their dream restaurant and a kitchen garden.

Executive Chef Daniela Gutstadt

Chef Gutstadt has had an affinity for food from a young age. Growing  up in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

After high school, Daniela attended The University of Cape Town and completed an undergraduate degree in Marketing, Business French and Italian Literature and Language. She then moved to New York City, where she had enrolled at the International Culinary Centre for a Grande Diplome in Classic Culinary Arts, as well as Professional Bread Making and Wine Service. During her time in New York City, she spent weekends working at events such as the James Beard Foundation Awards and interning in ABC Kitchen and Del Posto.

Daniela's food style is reflected in the seasonal, fresh and garden-to-table fare of Culinary Table. Over the past decade Daniela has developed and served over 5000 unique dishes as part of her weekly menu. 

Daniela is the recipient of several American Express Restaurant Awards and more recently an Eat Out Restaurant Award Star in 2022.


The Culinary Group

Coffee Lab

Culinary has always had a strong dedication to the coffee industry, and after many years of struggling to find the right coffee products to accompany our coffee machines, we decided to make our own.

Coffee Lab sources beans and roasts a number of blends to suit both coffee novices and the most discerning palettes alike. Culinary designed and fitted the coffee production solution, including the roaster and packing stations.

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Culinary Equipment Company 

Culinary Equipment Company is a commercial kitchen and laundry equipment supplier for hotels, guest lodges, hospitals and restaurants. The equipment used is sourced from top brands from around the world. 

Culinary Equipment company sell hard-to-find and high-quality kitchen appliances, tools and accessories to a discerning clientele. Headed by managing director Stefan Gutstadt and Wehrner Gutstadt in Lanseria, Johannesburg

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Schulphoek House

Schulphoek House is a five-star beach-side boutique hotel situated in Hermanus. With gorgeous rooms, views, gardens, and an impressive kitchen and wine cellar, it’s easy to see why this eco-friendly hotel is a popular seaside escape.

Under the direction of Wehrner Gutstadt, the 2017 renovation of Schulphoek saw Culinary remodel the kitchen and supply all kitchen and bar equipment, dinnerware, glassware and cutlery.

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