The most coveted 2019 Diners Club Winelist Award, its Icon Award, recognising restaurants that meet all the requirements of a Diamond Award, but also feature an extensive collection of international wines, as well as Reserve and vintage wines, having a sommelier on the floor, and having ‘a deep interest in wine curation’, were awarded to Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, and the Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa in Johannesburg. This is the second year that the Icon Awards have been presented, to both restaurants. Continue reading →
While the wine industry is centered in the Western Cape, and the province has the reputation for having the country’s best restaurants, it is two Gauteng restaurants which won the inaugural 2018 Diners Club ICON Winelist Awards. Continue reading →
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.
‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ is hosting the fourth charity Gala Dinner in September this year, but has reinvented itself in changing its location, and in making an almost week-long event out of Chefs who Share! Continue reading →
Eight South African Lodges count amongst the Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World Readers’ Choice Awards, which were announced yesterday.
The South African Top 100 lodges, with the ranking, are as follows:
3. Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat (photograph) Continue reading →
Last night the MasterChef SA Season 3 Top 6 finalists returned from Mauritius to a treat in Johannesburg, being lunch at South Africa’s number 2 Eat Out Top 10 restaurant five hundred, at the Saxon Boutique Hotel, a restaurant on my bucket list! Returning to the MasterChef SA kitchen at Nederburg, the finalists had to replicate each of Chef David Higg’s dishes, Abigail Mbalo leaving the MasterChef SA kitchen, having forgotten to plate some of the elements.
For the second time in a few weeks episode 14 started more than 10 minutes late, without warning or apology by M-Net, not even on Social Media. We saw the Top 6 Finalists arrive at five hundred, and they were seated at the Chef’s Table. A screen opened to the kitchen, and Chef David welcomed the Finalists, saying that they would be served a 6-course lunch to congratulate them on getting so far in the competition. The dishes presented would be those that have been the highlight of the five hundred menu in the past 18 months. He mentioned their rooftop garden, which was planted in the same time period. Chef David also said that they do things differently at five hundred, the chefs serving the diners.
Nederburg wines were to be paired with each course, but we only saw the sommelier pair the first course of pressed prawns with broccoli coral, mayonnaise, and nori soil, with Nederburg The Anchorman Continue reading →
* Is it the right thing for Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom to feature in an ‘advertorial’ for Uber, (boringly) showing him booking his ride via phone in his Parliamentary office, and then being driven to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where he addressed the eTourism Africa Summit as keynote speaker?
* Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009 has won World Champion Cap Classique, Best in its Class, as well as Gold in the 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London, with 650 wines from 16 countries evaluated. Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2011 won Gold too, while Simonsig Cap Classique Kaapse Vonkel 2010 won Silver. A total of 185 wines won a Gold or Silver medal.
* Yuppiechef.com has been named the Best eCommerce Store in South Africa for the fifth year running, winning ahead of Continue reading →
* Babylonstoren is expanding its offering of fruit and vegetables, by now growing various varieties of mushrooms in its Mushroom Cellar.
* Eurostar is to introduce a London – Amsterdam route from 2016, a four hour journey.
* Xolani Mancotywa, Sommelier at the Saxon Hotel, has reached the Finals of the international 2013 Best Young Sommelier, having won the South African title. He is competing against eleven other such country winners in Washington on 18 October. The competition is sponsored by the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs, a global gastronomic society.
* An innovative way of attracting business into the city in the evening is First Thursdays, the 20 or so city centre art galleries staying open until 21h00 (some even later) on the first Thursday of each month, Continue reading →
Bertus Basson, chef at Overture restaurant on the Hidden Valley wine estate outside Stellenbocsh, is the only Western Cape chef to be included in the South African chefs’ team participating in the Culinary Olympics, which started in Erfurt in Germany yesterday.
Other chefs in the South African team are all from Gauteng, and include Garth Shnier of the Sandton Sun, Rudi Liebenberg of the Saxon Hotel, Trevor Boyd from the Sheraton Pretoria, Marli Roberts from Unilever Foodsolutions, Dilene Cranna from the Sheraton Pretoria and Vicky-Lynn Gurovich from the Saxon Hotel, reports the Sunday Times.
More than one thousand chefs from 40 countries will be participating in the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung.