Three Cape Town-based chefs have scooped up a position in the top 300 chefs from around the world on the 2018 Best Chef Awards list.

This prestigious award holds a strong influence in the global food community and evaluates chefs based on their talent, experience and potential in their industry.

A total of 350 candidates are handpicked by the award system with only 300 of them eligible to claim a place on the elite list. During the first phase of voting, all chef contestants vote for 10 of their favourite culinary peers in order of preference.

The results reveal a list of 300 chefs, whose final ranking position will be decided by culinary professionals and ‘fol-lovers’, members of the public who cast their vote online. The number one position on the ranking was awarded to Spain’s, Joan Rocca, a culinary master based at El Cellar De Can Roca in Girona, Spain.

The Mother City is now home to three award-winning chefs, two born and bred in South Africa and one being a Frenchman, experience their talent in the alchemy of food served at these local restaurants.

134- Peter Tempelhoff, The Greenhouse 

Peter Tempelhoff, placed at 134, is a South African born chef who currently works at The Greenhouse restaurant, located at the Cellars Hohenort hotel in Constantia, as the Executive Head Chef. The Greenhouse restaurant celebrates the use of plant life and presents fine dining meals in a unique and creative way.

Address: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Contact: 021 795 6226


223 – Gregory Czarnecki, The Restaurant at Waterkloof 

Gregory Czarnecki, placed at 223 positions, originates from France and his culinary style has influenced this swanky restaurant in Somerset West, donning this Western Cape kitchen with a European flair.

The Restaurant, located on the Waterkloof Wine Estate offers the freshest ingredients such as free-range eggs, farm-reared Schapenberg lamb and a variety of herbs and vegetables that are sourced from the grounds.

Address: Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Street, Somerset West, Cape Town

Contact: 021 858 1419



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272 – Michael Deg, Cavalli 

Durban born chef, Michael Deg, placed at 272 positions and is the Head chef on the beautiful grounds of Cavalli Estate.

The establishment is home to award-winning wine, cuisine, design and indigenous gardens – offering a luxurious experience for patrons.

Cavalli is the first green star restaurant in South Africa as the menu follows the theme of local sustainable ingredients and partners with local producers, providing the freshest offerings to customers. Vegetables are foraged for in the heirloom vegetable garden on site by the Head Chef himself. The restaurant offers a vegan fine-dining menu that invigorates patrons taste buds while being elegantly plated and presented.

Address: R44 Somerset West

Contact: 021 855 3218



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