Chris von Ulmenstein


It has been announced that the new chef heading up the new Le Petit Manoir restaurant on the main road in Franschhoek is Chef Kevin Grobler, previously the Head Chef of one Michelin star JAN restaurant in Nice. He has been joined in the kitchen by his former JAN colleague Chef Scott Armstrong.  (more…)

After a year of not having an African restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, The Test Kitchen In Cape Town has done our continent proud in scraping in at number 50 at the gala awards ceremony held in Bilboa in Spain this evening. The restaurant was praised for its emphasis on waterless cooking, giving the water scarcity in Cape Town. Last year the restaurant fell to 63rd position, when its arrogance in charging astronomically for lunch service, and for the presence of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, led to its downfall. 

La Colombe made it onto the 51 -100 List, at number 73 last year, but has fallen right off the list this year, a karmic reaction to its involvement in restaurant politics, which was already evident in its slide at the Eat Out Awards in November last year.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to The Real Cheese in Observatory, its owner Annemarie opening up her shop especially for me on Monday 30 April, when it was officially closed over the long weekend, which coincided with the Cheese Festival. As she was organising deliveries, she allowed me to fetch a Dalewood Fromage Superlatif for a party I held that evening. 

 

 

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The Sweet Service Award goes to Cape Town City Ballet, for its magnificent and moving performance of ‘Mozart & Salieri’ at the Artscape Opera House. The costume and set design were superb, and the music of mostly Mozart moved me to tears. It was in very sharp contrast to the disappointing performance of ‘The Cotton Club’ by the same dance company. 

 

 

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Chef’s Table is one of the most highly regarded cooking series on television, Netflix having set the highest bar in two series to date, each featuring six world class chefs, as well as one focused on top chefs in France, with outstanding filming. Now it has released a Pastry series of four episodes, deliciously mouthwatering!  (more…)

The winner of the Flagstone SwitchBitch promotion is a family, Georgia Eccles Schoeman, her mother Patricia Eccles, and husband Robert Baerveldt, for their clever word play in motivating why they should win the Flagstone hamper of wines with cooler bag, and a copy of SwitchBitch.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to The Dairy Den in Sea Point, a unique outlet selling the best ice creams as well as doughnuts. I try to restrict myself to one ice cream a week, but had not tried the doughnuts, when I met owner Tassia for the first time, introducing myself and congratulating her on how well run the outlet is, compared to a shaky start, which I had communicated to her telephonically. She insisted that I try a doughnut on the house, a delicious chocolate coated one with hundreds and thousands. (more…)

On the eve of Eat Out’s 20th anniversary, the restaurant publication and Awards body has announced major changes to its restaurant awards for 2018. The restructuring follows the letting go of long-standing Eat Out co-ordinator Abigail Donnelly earlier this year. (more…)

Shortly after Chef Luke Dale-Roberts closed down his restaurant at The Saxon Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg, the five-star hotel has announced that it will open Grei fine-dining restaurant on 19 April, with Chef Candice Philip at the helm. 

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Janse & Co has quickly become my favorite daytime quality lunch venue for a spoiling meal with special friends. To attract more daytime visitors, the restaurant has amended its offering, allowing diners a shorter lunch option, bringing down the price. The quality is as good as it has been since its opening.  (more…)

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