Isabella Immenkamp

A German native, Isabella completed her diploma in hospitality management in Berne Switzerland before cutting her teeth on high street restaurants all over Europe. Seeking adventure and a new challenge she decided to take on a position at the acclaimed, Relais & Chateaux affiliated, Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl where she happened to meet a charming Swedish sommelier.

Deciding to set some roots and stay in South Africa she took up a position with Burrata, a fledgling new restaurant in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, where herself and the then Chairman of the South African Sommelier Association worked doggedly, with a handful of other visionaries, to turn an abandoned old factory, in a questionable neighbourhood, into the new culinary centre of South Africa. Within a year they were voted the Best Italian Eatery in South Africa by Eat Out, surrounded by the Number 1 restaurant in South Africa and soon by yet another Top Ten winner.

Sensing her work there was done, seeking a quieter life in the winelands and time to focus on her studies with Cape Wine Academy, herself and Joakim relocated to Stellenbosch where she took over as assistant manager and sommelier for The Restaurant at Jordan. Adding more accolades to an already overflowing trophy cabinet with consecutive yearly rankings in the Eat Out Top Ten of South African Restaurants.

Also seeking time out from the constant scrutiny and high stresses of competing for the top positions in the South African restaurant rankings she moved with partner Joakim to the new Hoghouse Brewing Project.

Isabella has since moved on to become the first full time employee for SOMM where she is currently in charge of recruitment and the project manager for the new restaurant on Glenelly Wine Estate.