May 23, 2019

Marble Welcomes Tyler Clayton to The Pass


Tyler takes over the reins at Head Chef at Joburg’s hottest live-fire restaurant

Marble has appointed Tyler Clayton as the new Head Chef at the Rosebank restaurant. Formerly the Sous Chef at Saint, Tyler has moved across to Marble to take over the reins from Mike van Rooyen who has left to pursue interests overseas.

“We have always believed in promoting from within – the team needs to be rewarded for good work, loyalty and initiative. I can think of no one better than Tyler to fill the massive shoes that Mike has left. Mike was also a good mentor for him, so Tyler really does understand the position. We all wish him well.”

says Chef David Higgs

Tyler studied at the South African Chefs Academy in Cape Town and was introduced to Chef David Higgs from Marble by Chef Paul Hartmann from the Academy. After joining the Marble team in 2017 as a Chef de Partie, Tyler moved with the team to open Saint, alongside Matt van Niekerk at the pass. The pair travelled to Milan in Italy to learn the finer art of Neapolitan pizza-making before taking Sandton by storm in August when Saint opened its doors. Marble allows Tyler to showcase his sincere love of food.

“I love working with the people at Marble because I get to work with such a diverse group – everyone comes from different walks of life. To be able to work in the open kitchen and interact with the guests is something truly special and, of course, being able to work under the guidance of Chef David Higgs.”

Tyler explains

Tyler’s deciding moment to become a chef happened after a visit to Rust & Vrede in the Western Cape. Although he’d always been fascinated by food and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends, the meal inspired him to take up the profession.

“This industry challenges me and allows me to put all my energy into something – I don’t believe any other job would bring me the instant joy than seeing the reaction on someone’s face when I cook for them,”

Asked what his favourite dish at Marble is, and Tyler remains impartial and states that he can’t choose just one as he feels that every dish he cooks has something special in it.