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Food May 23, 2024


The enchanting Monument House in Franschhoek played host to the 2024 Luxe Restaurant Awards, an illustrious celebration of South Africa’s finest culinary talent. The event, known for its prestige and star-studded guest list, did not disappoint, bringing together luminaries from across the gastronomic world for an unforgettable evening of recognition and revelry.

James Gaag

The awards ceremony was a glittering affair, with culinary icons such as the critically acclaimed fine-dining chef James Gaag, culinary media personality The Lazy Makoti, and food entrepreneur Siba Mtongana gracing the event with their presence. Their attendance underscored the significance of the Luxe Restaurant Awards in the South African culinary scene.

Among the evening’s highlights was the announcement of La Petite Colombe as the Restaurant of the Year. Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, La Petite Colombe has consistently dazzled with its innovative cuisine and impeccable service, making it a deserving recipient of this prestigious accolade.

Callan Austin was honored as Chef of the Year, a testament to his exceptional culinary prowess and dedication to his craft. Austin’s creative vision and commitment to excellence have set a new benchmark in the industry, earning him this well-deserved recognition.

The Winners

Chad Fourie, founder and chief judge of the Luxe Restaurant Awards, spoke to the significance of such accolades in celebrating and promoting culinary excellence. “The Luxe Restaurant Awards play a crucial role in recognizing the outstanding talent within our vibrant culinary landscape,” said Fourie. “South Africa boasts some of the most innovative and skilled chefs in the world, and these awards not only honor their achievements but also inspire the next generation of culinary artists.”

The night also shone a spotlight on emerging talents and established icons alike, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of South Africa’s culinary landscape. Guests were treated to a sumptuous array of dishes, reflecting the rich tapestry of flavors that define the nation’s cuisine.

This year’s Luxe Restaurant Awards not only celebrated culinary excellence but also highlighted the industry’s resilience and innovation. Despite the challenges of recent years, the South African culinary community has continued to thrive, pushing the boundaries of creativity and quality.

As the evening drew to a close, attendees departed with a renewed sense of inspiration and camaraderie, looking forward to another year of culinary achievements. The 2024 Luxe Restaurant Awards once again affirmed its status as the pinnacle of culinary recognition in South Africa, setting the stage for future gastronomic triumphs.

The full list of winners are

African Restaurant of the Year: The Happy Uncles
Bistro of the Year: Farro Restaurant
Burger Joint of the Year: Zuney Wagyu
Café of the Year: Hemelhuijs
Casual Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Post and Pepper
Chef of the Year: Callan Austin
Coffee Shop of the Year: Truth Coffee
Contemporary Restaurant of the Year: Club Kloof
Culinary Change Award: Wandile Mabaso
Culinary Innovation Award: Rikku O’Donnchu   
Culinary Media Personality of the Year: Clement Pedro
Culinary Rising Star Award: Matt Van Den Berg
Family Restaurant of the Year: The Table at De Meye
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Belly of the Beast
Grillhouse of the Year: VUUR Restaurant
Hidden Gem Award: Stefan’s Restaurant at Erinvale Hotel & Spa
Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Upper Union
International Restaurant of the Year: Ouzeri
Legacy Award: La Colombe
Lifestyle Restaurant of the Year: Club Como
New Restaurant of the Year: Mertia
Pastry Chef of the Year: Jared Melamed
People’s Choice Award: Kolonaki Greek Kouzina
Pioneer Award: James Gaag
Pop-Up Restaurant of the Year: Chef Rikku at The Art of Duplicity
Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe
Restobar of the Year: The 11th Floor
Service Excellence Award: The Living Room
Street Food Restaurant of the Year: The Siba Deli
Supper Club of the Year: Tempo Luxury Restaurant
Sustainability Award: Salsify at the Roundhouse
Wine Service Award: Keize Mumba       

For more information about the Luxe Restaurant Awards and a complete list of winners, please visit the Instagram page @luxe.awards

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