This month we’re tucking into an array of delicious Italian-inspired treats – and we didn’t even have to leave SA’s shores!
Forti Grill & Bar
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This is the philosophy behind chef Fortunato Mazzone’s food at Forti Grill & Bar in Pretoria (Time Square, Menlyn Maine). A combo of fine dining and Italian cuisine, peppered with recipes passed down through the family (“Prawns of My Father” has been on the menu since 1976), the vibe and small touches bring the Italian character home, with wine, art and music integral… Read More
Almost seven years ago, South African businesswoman and fledgling winemaker Pia Watermeyer met German entrepreneur Paul Bath (whose family has a winemaking background in Germany) at a wedding on a Cape wine estate. A long-distance relationship emerged from this fortuitous happenstance, leading to many passionate conversations and bottles of wine being enjoyed over long lunches. The couple’s shared love of dancing and wine led to the purchase of a wine estate in Stellenbosch that would later be rebranded as Kunjani Wine Estate.
“Kunjani” is an isiZulu greeting that translates to “how are things going with you?”
Described as “a home away from home”, award-winning boutique hotel AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is a Johannesburg destination highlight for many a reason. The latest of which is new Head Chef Omar Koenen, who joined owners Morukuru Family in February.
Hailing from the Netherlands and boasting a passion for food ignited in his teens, the 25-year-old is something of a maverick, with an innate ability to communicate through food.
“I started my journey in a winery in Zimbabwe, of all places!” chuckles Gregory, down the line from Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, where he’s Head Sommelier. “Zimbabwe has only two wineries, so it was highly unlikely that I’d end up in the wine industry.”
Nonetheless, he found himself working as a Cellar Assistant at Mukuyu Winery, the oldest winery in Zimbabwe, situated in Marondera, east of Harare.
His work in the cellar soon sparked a fascination with wine. “I had to ask questions to learn more about winemaking, which led to me wanting to know more” he says…. Read More
With its diverse mix of nationalities and cultures, its growing collection of restaurants run by star chefs and its increasingly influential annual Food Festival, Dubai has rapidly become a top destination for enjoying delicious cuisines from all over the world. Innovative and award-winning culinary establishments are opening all the time, adding to the city’s gastronomic profile. Read on for our pick of the most exciting venues to look out for in 2018.
An award-winning concept by Masaharu Morimoto, who shot to fame through the Japanese edition of Iron Chef and is renowned for… Read More
Local chef Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic continues to create culinary magic, garnering acclaimed success both locally and abroad. On 25 October, Dartnall was named the world’s Best Female Chef at The Best Chef Lady Awards 2017.
Blazing a new path, Dartnall also placed at number 32 on the Best Chef Awards Top 100 list for 2017. The only South African on the list, she was the highest positioned woman and one of only three to make the top 50, alongside Spain’s Elena Azark (33) and France’s Anne-Sophie (47).
The Orient Boutique Hotel and Mosaic Restaurant
The awards have celebrated the world’s top chefs in respect… Read More