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Oct 2018

SecretEATS is an exclusive dining experience unlike any other. Top, talented chefs and young, rising stars are invited to step out of their everyday kitchens and into a mystery location to create a once-off dining experience that leaves guests hungry for more. 

Invited guests are treated to an exclusive, intimate dinner party featuring course after course of gourmet food, and premium wine pairings from some of the country’s top wine farms. 

The idea is simple – SecretEATS brings together outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers looking for a decidedly different dining experience. Guest chefs take diners’ taste buds on a culinary journey in the most unusual, unexpected and awe-inspiring locations across South Africa. 

Founded in 2013, SecretEATS made waves on the dining scene by inviting guests to join thirty or so adventurous, outgoing food and wine lovers for a ‘by invitation only’ secret dining experience at an undisclosed location. SecretEATS has worked with some of the country’s top local and international chefs, including Brad Ball, Bertus Basson, James Diack, Vicky Crease, Michelle Theron, Kobus van der Merwe, Pete Goffe-Wood, Vanessa Marx and more. 

From wineland homes to stunning art galleries, private gardens, ancient Milkwood forests and anywhere in between, the evenings are always hosted somewhere guests can’t simply go and make a booking. To add to the intrigue, the Secret chef and menu are only unveiled upon confirmation of a password at the secret location on the day of the event.

Since mid 2016, SecretEATS South Africa has been on a hiatus as the founders explored the culinary tastes and flavours of Southeast Asia and established the first series of secret dining events outside of Africa. With events now hosted on three continents, SecretEATS is quickly becoming an international dining phenomenon but the founders haven’t forgotten their strong South African roots. 

By exploring, traveling and living in cities around the world, the team has had the opportunity to see first-hand how food brings people together and how bonds are made, and solidified, over a shared meal. Whether it’s on the sandy shores of Vietnam, in the small mountain villages of Thailand or at an upscale Italian restaurant in Melville, there is a magic that happens around the dinner table. Now, it’s time to come home to Africa. 

Leading the return to South Africa is SecretEATS regional event director, Darren Meltz. Darren brings a wealth of experience in marketing and hospitality and a real passion for food, wine, people and all things magical. “There’s something truly unique and special about meeting and connecting over a beautiful meal. Moments are shared and friendships are made. I am beyond excited to bring the enchantment of  SecretEATS to our guests,” he says.


Here’s a Secret to good not to share: our first dinner back in the Rainbow Nation is blooming up brilliant this Spring. While they can’t say too much, the Secret Spring Dinner welcomes back one of their all-time favourite guest chefs for an unforgettable evening in a uniquely unusual space in central Johannesburg. 

As always, every dinner hosted helps raise funds for a local charity in need, an important aspect of the SecretEATS brand. This allows them to support and give back to the local community.

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