After his training, Tanzer’s rise to success was nothing if not dramatic. Within a few years of working as a chef in Europe, he landed a gig as Michael Douglas’s personal chef – and back in South Africa cooking for Douglas whilst he was shooting a movie. On the back of his trip, Tanzer decided to stay in South Africa and joined Londolozi as Executive Chef for 14 lodges across Africa.
When he met his wife-to-be, Tanzer based himself back in Johannesburg, and opened his own restaurant. “Delicatessen was an extension of my personal cooking and eating style,” says Tanzer. “We had no menu, and served 400 breakfasts every Saturday morning. When I sold Delicatessen, I moved into Braamfontein, which was just burgeoning at the time, and started a catering company.”
Tanzer’s company grew exponentially and, after a few years of intense hard work, he decided to sell the company and move into production. He was lucky enough to produce MasterChef South Africa and Reza Mohammed’s cooking show. But cooking was – and is – where Tanzer’s heart is, and, once again, he decided to open his own full-service catering company, Food on the Move.
Today, Tanzer runs and manages Food on the Move, creating no-fuss menus for any and every kind of event. His food philosophy is grounded in simplicity – he believes a truly talented chef should be able to make an incredible meal with a few carrots, potatoes and onions. Foams and gels aren’t his style, he likes to keep it simple.