This year The World’s 50 Best Restaurants extended its list to include up to 120 fine eateries, and acclaimed Cape Town restaurant La Colombe landed the number 114 spot.
The extension was created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of main sponsor San Pellegrino, allowing the awards to shine the spotlight and champion a growing number of brilliant chefs, celebrate regional diversity, and embrace hospitality teams more globally.
The list is compiled by a voting Academy of over 1 000 international chefs, food writers, and travelling gastronomes. This year the 51 to 120 best restaurants list includes restaurants from 25 countries across five continents and boasts 21 new entries from 15 countries. This marks a near 30% increase in new territories compared to previous years.
La Colombe is headed up by Executive Chef James Gaag, Head Chef Jess van Dyk, and Chef-Proprietor Scot Kirton.
“We are so proud of this achievement, and would like to thank ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ for selecting La Colombe as one of the top restaurants in the world. We are delighted to be included, and the La Colombe team appreciates this notable international recognition. No doubt, we are definitely aiming to move up on that list in 2020 […] we have some awesome inspiration for our loyal local and international diners following our recent trip to the US and Mexico,” Gaag said. “We are looking forward to showcasing some unique and exciting flavours on our menu!”
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Reposting @thejoburgfoodie: … The Dove’s Nest A @lacolombect signature and fantastic piece of fine-dining theatre. A gorgeous palate cleanser of lemongrass, ginger, pomelo & kalamansi ‘eggs’ arrive nestled in their nest and shrouded in cloud cover. A clever little nod to the restaurant’s name, a fabulously fun piece of table side theatre and best of all, utterly deliciously. #thejoburgfoodie
The 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, where the world’s finest restaurants are celebrated and the largest community of chefs and global gastronomic leaders are brought together, will take place in Singapore on June 25.
Picture: La Colombe