He's a fighter, but he's had enough of blood and guts. Jacques Pauw, fearless journalist, has decided to give himself a break from headline horrors. He's opened a country restaurant.
Investigative journalist and author Jaques Pauw relates with deadpan hilarity the trials of the past few weeks during which he has reinvented himself as a restaurateur and guesthouse owner: “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Things are still going wrong. The thing is, we know absolutely f-all about this business,” he says, sipping a Savannah.
We are sitting in the shady courtyard of Red Tin Roof, the restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel which Pauw and his partner Sam Rogers, also a prominent journalist, started in December.
Pauw does the kitchen and Rogers does “everything else”. “You have to try to separate the functions,” he says,“there’s obviously lots of friction and glaring at one another...”
Pauw is at a bit of a loss when we meet as he’s recently been kicked out of the kitchen. Last week the staff begged the visiting kitchen consultant to keep him out of the kitchen as much as possible as he makes them “so nervous”