South African Restaurants make the World Culinary Awards shortlist, including Utopia Cape Town!



For the second year running the World Culinary Awards are being held, celebrating and rewarding excellence. It is a sister event of World Travel Awards.

The 2021 finalists of the World’s Culinary Awards for the African and all other Continents have been announced, an award program which has stretched over the year, culminating in the announcement of the winners on 7 November.

Some of South Africa’s Best restaurants have been nominated, competing against the top Restaurants in Africa. These include Utopia Cape Town,  Wolfgat in Paternoster, Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic, Himitsu at Camps Bay Retreat, and Life Grand Café, all from the Western Cape.

In the Finalist stage, food lovers and restaurant supporters are invited to vote for their favorite restaurants. Voting closes on Friday 17 September. See the voting details at the end of this post.

For the Africa continent, seven categories contained restaurants from our country:

1.  Africa’s Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant:

#. Qunu, The Saxon, Johannesburg

#.  Level 4 at 54 on Bath, Johannesburg

2.   Africa’s Best Landmark Restaurant 

#.  Bushveld Terrace Hotel Restaurant,  Kruger Park

#    Life Grand Café, V & A Waterfront

#.   Wolfgat, Paternoster

3.   Africa’s Best New Restaurant 

#.   Chef’s Warehouse @ Tintswalo Atlantic

#.  Himitsu, Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town

4.   Africa’s Best Rooftop Restaurant 

#.  Utopia, Cape Town

#.  San Deck, Bar and Restaurant, Sandton Sun, Johannesburg

5.   Africa’s Best Culinary Destination 

#.   South Africa

#.   Kenya

#.   Egypt

#.   Morocco

6.  Africa’s Best Culinary Festival 

#. DStv International Food & Music Festival, Johannesburg

7.   Africa’s Best Culinary Training Institution

#. HCA School of Culinary Art, Johannesburg

#.  ICA (Institute of Culinary Art), Stellenbosch.


The Awards also has a list of South Africa’s Best Restaurants:

#   Epice, Franschhoek

#   Dahlia on Regent, Sea Point

#   Le Chene by Darren Badenhorst, Franschhoek

#.  Le coin francais, Franschhoek

#   La Colombe, CapecTown

#.   Table Seven, Cape Town

#.   The Melting Pot, Elgin

#. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town


The list of Finalists for the Best South African Hotel Restaurants:

#   Azure, Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

#   Amuse Bouche at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

#    Aurelia’s Restaurant at Emperor’s Palace

#    Flames at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

#    Lord Nelson, Mount Nelson

#    Qunu, The Saxon

#     Saskia Fine Dining Restaurant at the Fusion Boutique Hotel

#    The Grill Room at the Oyster Box

#    The Grill Room at The  Palace of the Lost City


At the Finalist stage, food lovers and restaurant supporters are invited to vote for their favorite restaurants. Voting closes on Friday 17 September. Voters need to sign up to be able to vote. ➡️ Vote ➡️ Africa ➡️ Africa’s Best Rooftop Restaurant

Disclosure: Utopia Cape Town is a Communications Client.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide


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