Andrea Burgener and Nick Gordon have been in working with food since the early ‘90s and opened their first restaurant, Superbonbon, in 1998. Then followed Deluxe I and Deluxe II (the first restaurant at 44 Stanley - where Salvation Cafe is now) during which Andrea cemented her reputation as one of Johannesburg’s most interesting chefs and as a champion of sustainable ingredients.
Since 2011, The Leopard has continued to produce food of uncompromising quality and originality – still with a commitment to ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients. As a result, the restaurant was voted “Best Bistro in SA” in 2015 Eat Out Awards, was the second most Googled South African restaurant in 2016 and has just been named one of 10 game-changing South African food businesses by Taste magazine. Andrea was one of the few in the country to be given a SASSI trailblazer award for commitment to ethical seafood use, she has appeared as guest judge on SA Masterchef, featured on Anthony Bourdain’s tv series Parts Unknown and writes a weekly column for The Times.
Even though the restaurant had generated local and international awareness, customers still had to go to its physical location in Melville to experience it and market reach was limited. The latest incarnation of The Leopard is a reformat designed to get Leopard products and values to the customer where they are through delivery.
The absence of free range pork products led Nick to make his first salami in their shower at home 6 years ago. The Leopard now produces a small range of pasture reared charcuterie along with 50 other take home products. The shop/restaurant at 44 Stanley Ave is an informal space where one can experience these first hand.