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Introducing Chef Kerry Kilpin of Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg: 2022 Top 10 Women Chef

 

Kerry Kilpin of both Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82 Restaurants at Steenberg is one of our 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received this accolade for the second year in a row.

Congratulations Kerry.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Wizardz; Sour Service Award goes to Department of Home Affairs.

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Wizardz in the Garden Centre, for its fantastic service when I went there today to have Biometric photographs taken for my German passport renewal. There was a very long queue, and I asked whether one had to stand in the same queue if one needed a photograph done. I and a gentleman were called out of the queue to have our photographs taken and processed. Then the same staff member made a photocopy of each document I have to take to the German Consulate for my passport renewal. A lovely friendly and quick service. Continue reading →

Introducing Zunia Bouchers-Myers and Melanie Paltoglou at Avontuur Restaurant: 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs

 

Last month Chefs Zunia Boucher-Myers and Melanie Paltoglou of Avontuur Restaurant were named as 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs in the Cape.

It was a lucky month for the two chef owners, whose Avontuur Restaurant was also named as Best Date Night Restaurant in the KFm 30 Best in the Cape.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Continue reading →

September Restaurant Opening and Closing Update: Cape Town and Winelands

 

 

Despite it being Spring, few new restaurants are known to be opening, or planning to open, in Cape Town and the Winelands.

The biggest recent restaurant openings are Dusk in Stellenbosch, a joint venture by Chefs Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austen. Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a Japanese Street Food restaurant on the ground floor of Speakers Corner, the building in which FYN operates. TANG will create a big stir when it opens in the Waterfront, already being a socialite’s haven in Sandton. Paul’s Bakery and Tiger’s Milk are said to be Continue reading →

Franschhoek relaunches Cap Classique Route, celebrates with Festival 1 – 4 September!

 

Franschhoek launched a Cap Classique Route a number of years ago.  On Thursday this week the Route will be relaunched, coinciding with Cap Classique Day on 1 September.

The relaunched Cap Classique Route will be celebrated with a four day festival, from 1 – 4 September. Each of 19 Cap Classique producing wine estates are inviting bubbly lovers to their cellars, to taste their excellent bubblies and to experience special events.  Continue reading →

Kloof Street in Cape Town named one of the Coolest Streets in the World by TImeOut!

 

Kloof Street in Gardens in Cape Town is making a comeback, once known for having the largest number of restaurants in one street in Cape Town, until Bree Street took over the accolade.

Now Kloof Street has been named as one of 33 coolest streets in the world by TimeOut, ranked at number 26.

The Street has a large number of eateries (including Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s JAN Continue reading →

Introducing Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef

 

Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin in Langebaan is one of our 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received this accolade for the third year in a row.

Congratulations Bella.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Continue reading →

Introducing 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef Nicolene Barrow of Orangerie Restaurant

 

On Saturday my friend Gary Peterson and I did a road trip to the Winelands, delivering the prize of a 1 litre tube of Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil to each of the five chefs who made the 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs.

Our first stop was at Le Lude in Franschhoek, and we were lucky that Chef and owner Nicolene Barrow was in her Orangerie restaurant, as she almost always is. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Audi Century City, Sour Service Award goes to Pajamas & Jam!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Audi Century City, and its Service Manager Darryl Robertson, for the amazing service I received in replacing the faulty headlamp of my Audi, by fetching my car, even offering a replacement car which I didn’t need, for returning it in three hours, for cleaning my car inside and outside, and for sending my car back with a gift of an Audi key ring, all at NO charge, Christmas having come early!

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Overture Restaurant to close down at Hidden Valley in September!

 

Surprise news from Chef Bertus Basson is that fine dining restaurant Overture is closing down at Hidden Valley in Stellenbosch on 30 September, after operating for 15 years at the wine estate. It was the first restaurant Basson opened.

The informal restaurant The Deck at Hidden Valley is also closing down.

This reduces the number of restaurants which Chef Bertus owns in Stellenbosch to five.  Continue reading →