Chef Chantel Dartnall, having been invited as part of only sixty top chefs from around the globe to attend the annual La Liste World Restaurant Awards was honoured in Paris last night as the official Country Winner, and highest-ranking restaurant in South Africa with a score of 94% as well as being placed in the La Liste 200 top restaurants in the world. Chef Chantel and her Restaurant have been featured since the inception of the awards in 2017 and have meteorically improved their status and ranking over the past few years to become the highest-ranking South African Restaurant on the Top 1000 list for 2020.
La Liste World Restaurant Awards is an international award sanctioned by France’s Foreign Ministry consistently acknowledging the finest culinary professionals from around the globe. La Liste provides an objective ranking of the World’s Top 1000 restaurants based on the compilation of hundreds of guidebooks and millions of online reviews. La Liste offers the best global restaurant selection handpicked by discerning food critics and expert guides.
La Liste is the only culinary ranking, distributing its own application, which includes more than 20,000 restaurants in over 190 countries. La Liste is based on the principles of transparency, integrity, universality and uses a sophisticated data processing algorithm. La Liste is supported by an easy-to-use consumer APP.
Chantel as one of the top 60 chefs from 20 countries was invited to Paris to attend the gala evening where the rankings were announced: “We are extremely proud and delighted to be recognised on the global culinary stage alongside so many talented chefs who I admire greatly. It is such an honour to represent South Africa at this elite level” she said.
Chantel defines her approach as “Botanical Cuisine—to feature Mother Nature on a plate, where each dish is designed to reflect the beauty, balance, harmony and purity that you find in nature.” It’s about capturing nature’s nuances, but it’s also about studying the medicinal properties of the herbs and flowers she includes in the menu, to aid in digestion, promote blood circulation and a general feeling of wellbeing. She believes it is vital to serve visually appealing dishes that tell a story and stimulate diners’ senses from the moment the food arrives at the table.
Chantel draws her inspiration from Restaurant Mosaic’s lush surroundings and the abundance of plant life. She sources only the best seasonal ingredients and working closely with local farmers and ethical suppliers is an important aspect of Chantel’s food philosophy.
Since inception, Mosaic has focused on uplifting the local community by creating employment opportunities not only at Restaurant Mosaic but in The Orient Private Hotel and surrounding Francolin Conservancy, developing both their skill sets and confidence. Some of the longest-serving members of the kitchen and front of house teams did not have any formal training or restaurant experience before they started at Mosaic, yet over the years, their skills were developed and with new knowledge gained, they are now able to work in the best establishments around the world.
“In 2019 we were delighted to also receive the award for the Best Wine Cellar in the World and would like to thank La Liste for inviting us back again. Thank you to all our guests, media and food critics from all over the world who dined with us and reviewed us during the past year and making this recognition a reality” concludes Chantel.
Restaurant Mosaic has previously received La Liste recognition:
La Liste The Best Wine List 2019
La Liste Top 200 International Selection 2019
La Liste top 1000 International Selection 2017 & 2018
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 if 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. 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 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 2018 Grand Award by US publication, Wine Spectator, the restaurant has also won the prestigious 2019 La Liste Award in Paris for the Best Wine List. The award-winning restaurant and cellar have 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 is very passionate about his cellar and has honed his skills as a sommelier at Mosaic over the past decade. He also was the recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Eat Out Wine Service Award.