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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year 2012

One of ROAR AFRICA's favorite restaurants in the winelands has just been awarded Chef of the Year 2012 and runner up spot in Eat Out Top 10 awards. We would like to congratulate Margot and The Tasting Room for this incredible achievement.

South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards are also known as ‘the foodie Oscars’ were held on Sunday 25 November 2012, at the glittering ceremony of the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards. The 10 best restaurants in South Africa were announced along with a host of other winners in additional categories.

The country’s top chefs came dressed accordingly—trading their whites for evening wear and celebrated with the cream of the fine dining restaurant crop. Not only did The Tasting Room claim the number two spot in the Eat Out Top 10, but in a culinary coup, Margot Janse, the executive chef, was crowned Chef of the Year 2012. Bruce Palling, Eat Out’s international judge had this to say about Janse: “Here is a chef with superb classical training, yet with a sense of playfulness. I would rank my dinner here with the best I have had anywhere in the past year. I was blown away by the playfulness and the complete self-assurance of a professional.” 

This is the 11th time The Tasting Room has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 and Margot was also awarded Chef of the Year in 2002.

On your next visit to Franschhoek ask us to make a reservation for you at the Tasting Room and experience Margot's unique African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu for yourself.

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