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 awards have celebrated the world’s top chefs in respect of their culinary prowess and visual presentation since its launch in 2016. The winning chefs are selected in six categories by 300 voters comprising chefs, food writers and culinary experts across the globe, as well as 1,5 million followers on the competition’s digital platform.
Dartnall – who has twice been named South Africa’s Chef of the Year – beat out strong competition from globally acclaimed chefs, including the aforementioned Arzak (Best Chef – Lady 2016 winner) of the three Michelin-starredArzak; Emma Bengtsson, who is at the helm of the two Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York; Pic, who gained three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic in France and Clare Smyth, the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin-stars in the UK, with her establishment Core.
“What a great honour to have been selected as the 2017 Best Female Chef by The Best Chef Awards in Warsaw – it was an incredible moment. I have to thank all the amazing people in my life who work just as hard to guide and assist me in this journey and help to make all these wonderful dreams a reality. I also want to thank all the Mosaic customers who have supported me during the 11 years Restaurant Mosaic has been in operation,” said Dartnall of her accomplishment.
In June, Dartnall was named 2017 Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards. In the same week, Restaurant Mosaic triumphed at the respected 2017 World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists Awards and awarded a top-tier three-star award. Restaurant Mosaic was also named Luxury Restaurant of the Year by Travel & Hospitality.
And because the taste is in the pudding, food lovers can enjoy Dartnall’s current spring/summer menu named Cosmorganic at Restaurant Mosaic, which remains true to her signature botanical cuisine, and is Dartnall’s take on the universe as a living organism.
– JAG Communications