At 24, whizz-kid Jacqueline Cameron is a beacon of promise in KwaZulu-Natal’s ever-burgeoning hospitality industry.

After attending the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine, she began her career at the Mount Grace Country House and Spa in the Magaliesberg in 2002. Shortly afterwards, she took up residence at the multi-award-winning Hartford House, where she is head chef today. The hotel has been recognised by Wine, Conde Nast and Style magazines as one of the country’s finest and is the only one of its kind situated next to a world-class racecourse.

Her work has taken her to the food capitals of the world, where she has represented her country at culinary events. These include The South African cooking week in Germany (2003), the decade of democracy celebration in Berne, Switzerland (2004), South African month in Bremen, Germany (2006), and a South African celebration in Prague, Czechoslovakia (2006). She has also worked for venues in France and Australia.

Lunch spot: 9th Avenue Bistro, Durban