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What a year!

2012 was a BIG year for us. Not only did we receive a number of awards, but we gave Le Quartier Français a style overhaul.

First up was The Tasting Room. Herbert Janse, Margot’s brother, flew in from Holland and spent an intensive couple of weeks redesigning the restaurant. With a background in set and theatre design he certainly has theatrical flair, and he created a stage worthy of the cuisine.

Our pool area and reception also got some style surgery, we even have a new sign. Head over here to see some of the improvements.

As for the awards, we made it on to Condé Nast Traveller’s coveted GOLD LIST. “The Gold List is truly a global representation of real quality, no matter how far-flung. It’s newsy, too, highlighting impressive newcomers and discerning trends.” For more information and to see the other hotels on the list visit their website: www.cntraveler.com

Plus, in Condé Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Survey 2012 we were rated number 11 for the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean and 66 overall! h

And we’re in Travel and Leisure’s top 500 best hotels in the world for 2013! View the results here.

Eat Out Winner_Chef of the Year_Margot Janse

Then came the cherry on top, Margot Janse was crowned chef of the year at the annual Eat Out Awards,  dubbed ‘the foodie Oscars of South Africa’. Plus, the Tasting Room claimed the number two spot in Eat Out’s Top Ten Restaurants.

Not a bad haul!

Margot also featured in two cookbooks this year, Taking it Easy, and Something About Mushrooms.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supports us, and especially to our team, from the kitchens to the hotel. Your creativity, drive and enthusiasm ensures our guests a consistently magic experience. Thank you.

Happy New Year!

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The Eat Out Awards 2012!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 NOVEMBER
Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year and The Tasting Room claims the number two spot in the Top Ten Restaurants of the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards
South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards are also known as ‘the foodie Oscars’ and 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. The preceding day the golden chef was also invited to be a speaker at the Eat Out Conference in Cape Town, and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Buttaro.
Bruce Palling, Eat Out’s international judge had this to say: “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.”
Eat Out’s editor, Abigail Donnelly praised Margot’s ‘vibrant flavours and polished dishes’ she said: “Cleverness and confidence shine on the plate. Margot is simply extraordinary.”
The Tasting Room has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times, and Margot was also Chef of the Year in 2002.
Margot is delighted with the result: “It’s a fantastic honour, especially after the year we’ve had—we’ve achieved this accolade with a completely new team of chefs. The awards are thanks to them—I wouldn’t be carrying this title without my team.”
The Tasting Room has been one of the only South African restaurants to appear consistently on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list year after year, to date, eight years in a row. Plus, Margot is an accredited Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef, one of only two in South Africa.
Margot’s food explores Southern Africa on a plate and is a celebration of regional produce; a parade of timeless African ingredients like baobab, buchu, and sorghum are made completely new—each course tells its own story.  In fact the whole experience is geared towards story-telling. The chef is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision comes through on the plate as a vibrant tribute.
Margot had this to say to Eat Out: “The guests that come to dine are not just there for dinner. The whole experience is about celebrating our country and region. Our service style is based on storytelling, instead of factual information sharing. We tell you about the winemakers and his dog, the things granny did with buchu and why the baobab is called the upside down tree. When, at the end of the evening I get thanked for a special experience and for all our guests learned about this amazing country, its culture and indigenous produce – that’s when I know we got it right.”

Margot Janse is crowned Chef of the Year and The Tasting Room claims the number two spot in the Top Ten Restaurants of the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards

Eleanor, Margot and Linda looking fly at the ceremonyC

Eleanor, Margot and Linda looking fly at the ceremony

South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards are also known as ‘the foodie Oscars’ and 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. The preceding day the golden chef was also invited to be a speaker at the Eat Out Conference in Cape Town, and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Buttaro.

Bruce Palling, Eat Out’s international judge had this to say: “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.”

Eat Out’s editor, Abigail Donnelly praised Margot’s ‘vibrant flavours and polished dishes’ she said: “Cleverness and confidence shine on the plate. Margot is simply extraordinary.”

The Tasting Room has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times, and Margot was also Chef of the Year in 2002.

Eat Out Winner_Chef of the Year_Margot Janse

Margot is delighted with the result: “It’s a fantastic honour, especially after the year we’ve had—we’ve achieved this accolade with a completely new team of chefs. The awards are thanks to them—I wouldn’t be carrying this title without my team.”

The Tasting Room has been one of the only South African restaurants to appear consistently on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list year after year, to date, eight years in a row. Plus, Margot is an accredited Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef, one of only two in South Africa.

Margot’s food explores Southern Africa on a plate and is a celebration of regional produce; a parade of timeless African ingredients like baobab, buchu, and sorghum are made completely new—each course tells its own story.  In fact the whole experience is geared towards story-telling. The chef is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision comes through on the plate as a vibrant tribute.

Margot had this to say to Eat Out: “The guests that come to dine are not just there for dinner. The whole experience is about celebrating our country and region. Our service style is based on storytelling, instead of factual information sharing. We tell you about the winemakers and his dog, the things granny did with buchu and why the baobab is called the upside down tree. When, at the end of the evening I get thanked for a special experience and for all our guests learned about this amazing country, its culture and indigenous produce – that’s when I know we got it right.”

We’re in great company too:

The Top 10 restaurants

1.     The Test Kitchen
2.     The Tasting Room
3.     Jordan Restaurant
4.     Overture
5.     Rust en Vrede
6.     DW Eleven-13
7.     La Colombe
8.     The Greenhouse
9.     Terroir
10.   Hartford House

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Conde Nast Traveller UK: Readers Choice Travel Awards

We’re number 11 for the Middle East, Africa & The Indian Ocean and 66 overall! *Sound of champagne popping*

conde nast readers choice

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Margot Janse is Red Hot!

The Dutch edition of Red Magzine has shortlisted Margot Janse in the food category for Red’s Hot Women Awards. Given to women who are inspiring, successful and ambitious – sounds like our Margot!

To vote go to this link: www.red.nl / reds-hot-women. Then simply scroll down to the food category, click on Margot and vote.

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Be warned the page is in Dutch, but it’s super easy to navigate, also your browser should give you the option to translate into English.

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Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2013

Each year, Condé Nast Traveler rates the world’s most celebrated cities and islands, hotels and resorts, cruise ships and airlines.  If you’ve enjoyed playing with us, we’d love you to vote in the survey. Plus remember to vote for Cape Town as your favourite city! Here’s the 2013 Readers Choice Survey.

conde nast fall 2011

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Seven Consecutive Years in The World’s Top 50 Restauraunts!

Le Quartier Français has been included, for the 7th consecutive year (and 8th year overall), in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

This year saw The Tasting Room, the only South African restaurant included in the 2011 Top 50 Restaurants, place 36th overall and number one in Africa and the Middle East.

Seven consecutive years in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant rankings is an unbelievable accomplishment.  One that highlights the fact that Margot Janse, her team and our front of house staff are constantly working on The Tasting Room experience to ensure that it is a culinary space that never stagnates.

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We Need Your Vote!

Please vote for Le Quartier Français in the the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 Survey. We’d really like to appear on the list and with your help we can!

Click here to take the survey.

If you vote you not only win our undying love you will also be automatically entered into the Travel & Leisure sweepstakes where one lucky person will walk off with a $10,000 dream trip, to the destination of their choice. Now doesn’t that sound just dreamy?

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Eat Out Top 10!

The Tasting Room, at Le Quartier Français, placed 2nd in the prestigious South African 2010 Eat Out Top 10 Awards.

This latest accolade rounds out an exceptional culinary year for Margot Janse and her team. Just days ago The Tasting Room received three stars in the 2011 Rossouw’s Restaurants Guide. Earlier this year The Tasting Room was ranked 31 in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the 6th consecutive year (and 7thh year overall). In addition to all these awards Margot has cooked this year, by invitation, in both Brazil and Thailand.

Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français, has nothing but the finest praise for The Tasting Room team’s achievements. “The success of The Tasting Room experience has everything to do with Margot’s exceptional teams, both in the kitchen and in front of house. This group of talented, hard-working individuals is testament to the fact that it is possible to create an internationally acclaimed offering by employing locally and skilling up. The passion that each person shows for their job is inspiring and I consider myself truly privileged to work with each of them on a daily basis.”

2010 has been quite a year for Le Quartier Français and 2011 shows no signs of being any different!

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Virtuoso Best of the Best Hotelier of the Year Award

Each year the Virtuoso travel advisors use their firsthand industry experience to select their Best of the Best award winners. Just to be nominated, for a Virtuoso Best of the Best award, is considered a huge honour.

This year Nigel Pace from the Cape Grace – one of our favourite Cape Town hotels – has been nominated for a Best of the Best Hotelier of the Year Award.

Nigel wholeheartedly deserves this nomination and we’ll be holding thumbs for him, on the 18th of August, when the 2010 Best of the Best Award winners are announced!

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Vote for us in the House & Leisure Best of SA Awards!

We are huge House & Leisure magazine fans. We love the articles, tips, images … actually we love it all!

Imagine our delight when we discovered that we’d been shortlisted for a Best of SA, in association with VISA, Restaurant Award? Yes we were (and still are) super excited but, in order for us to win, we need your votes.

The other great news is that this is not all one sided because if you vote for us – in the House & Leisure Best of SA, in association with VISA, awards – you could win a five-star trip for two to one of the winning destinations. Brilliant!

To Vote – Option 1

Emailhlpromotions@assocmags.co.za

Subject – HL Restaurant 2, Your Name

To Vote – Option 2

Send an SMS to 35443 that reads: HL Restaurant 2, Your Name

*{SMS’s cost R3 per SMS}

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