The Prue Leith academy honoured 5 of their alumni graduates, including Chef Chantel Dartnall, with awards of excellence during a celebratory evening where the unveiling of the academy’s freshly designed logo and brand video took place.
The week will end with an 80th birthday celebration for Prue Leith, at Restaurant Mosaic, where Chef Chantel is the Patron. The Prue Leith Chef’s Academy prides itself in producing world-class chefs through the medium of quality, practical and theoretical education. By creating an environment of excellence, their graduates are guaranteed a springboard into a bright future and the 5 distinguished alumni are indeed a testament to this.
Chef Chantel – Chef Patron of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient on the outskirts of Pretoria, is an inspiring role model for any aspiring young chef. The academy honoured her for her role in representing South African culinary excellence on the world stage. After graduating from Prue Leith’s academy 20 years ago, Chef Chantel has gone on to open Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient in 2006 and has twice been voted Chef of the Year at the Eat Out Restaurant Awards in South Africa, and voted The Best Lady Chef in the World in 2017. She has most definitely carved a culinary legacy for herself and South Africa!
A highlight for Chef Chantel was the opportunity to meet with Prue Leith for the first time since graduating as well as the privilege to host Prue as the guest of honour for her 80th birthday celebration. When reflecting on the significance of meeting Prue, Chef Chantel said: “She was a fundamental cornerstone in the lead up to my career and where I am today. In her own right, she is one of the most prominent female chefs and she is noticed and recognized globally. It is a huge honour for me to be in the presence and shake the hand of somebody who has literally changed the culinary world. She has not only educated but shared her amazing knowledge throughout her illustrious and inspiring career”.
It is no doubt that Prue Leith and Chef Chantel will both leave a legacy that will echo in South Africa and the rest of the world. Theirs are tales of hard-work, excellence, and a true passion for the culinary arts.
Chantel Dartnall has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her meticulous approach to fine dining at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient which is now featured as one of the top 200 restaurants in the world by LaListe (endorsed by the French Government).
Chantel combines her classical French training with her love of nature and is well known for artistic botanical dishes. Twice voted South African Chef of the Year at the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards in South Africa, Named Chef of The Year by the Restaurant Association of South Africa and placed at number 32 in the 2018’s Top 300 Chefs in the World. In 2017 she was named the Best Female Chef in the World. She was also named the Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards in 2017 & 2019.
The Tourism & Hospitality Counsel of South Africa meanwhile also named Dartnall as Best Chef for 2018, and Restaurant Mosaic as Best Restaurant for 2018.
Restaurant Mosaic is situated in the Orient Private Hotel so be sure to book a room and stay overnight to enjoy the sophisticated and exotic atmosphere of the award-winning oasis set in the lush and tranquil 280h Francolin Conservancy.
The Orient Private Hotel was presented with the highest honour of the Jury Prize for The Best Hotel Wine List in the World during the World of Fine Wine Awards in London 2018, and walked away with the title of Best Wine List in the World in 2019. The highly acclaimed Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient has was named one of the top 200 restaurants in the world at the prestigious 2019 La Liste Award in Paris.
The Tourism & Hospitality Counsel of South Africa meanwhile also named Restaurant Mosaic as Best Restaurant for 2018. It was also given a RASA Award for innovation, elegance and style of international prestige. Restaurant Mosaic has been a pilgrimage site for discerning foodies over the years. Set inside a Moorish Palace, pays homage to acclaimed chef Chantel Dartnall’s love of Parisian Belle Époque restaurants. Mosaic is known for its impressive eight-course Grande Degustation menu as well as its six-course Degustation that changes two times a year to reflect the seasons, Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer.
The wine cellar at Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient is unparalleled in this country with some of the most exceptional and rarest wines from both South Africa and the globe. From 84 selected restaurants across the globe Restaurant Mosaic is the first restaurant from South Africa and the African continent to be awarded the Grand Award by US publication, Wine Spectator, for 2019 and 2918, the restaurant has also won the prestigious 2019 La Liste Award in Paris for the Best Wine List.
The award-winning restaurant and cellar has been celebrated for its cellar which boasts more than 75 000 bottles and nearly 6,000 different labels.
The sommelier Moses Magwaza, who has been with Restaurant Mosaic since its inception in 2006 comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and was the recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Eat Out Wine Service Award.