Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

We Need Your Vote!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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?

Eat Out Top 10!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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!

Virtuoso Best of the Best Hotelier of the Year Award

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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!

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

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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

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}

Le Quartier Français has been nominated for a Virtuoso Best of the Best Award!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

We have been selected as a Most Socially Responsible, nominee for our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, in the fourth annual Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards.

This is the second Best of the Best Awards we’ve been nominated for. In the inaugural Best of the Best awards, 4 years ago, we were lucky enough to win the Best Culinary Experience Category.

We are very excited and humbled to be included in this year’s Best of the Best Awards Most Socially Responsible category. Our Mrs. Ndaba initiative is a project that has proven to be completely awe-inspiring. It has been amazing to witness, first hand, how many good and generous people there are in world who are all looking for sustainable ways to change the lives of those in need.

Thank you to Mr and Mr Monday, Mr Tuesday, Meneer Wednesday, Mr and Mrs Thursday, Mr and Mrs Friday, Daf (who ran the 2010 Comrades Marathon for Mrs. Ndaba) and everyone else who has made it possible for us to feed 68 toddlers – everyday of the week – for the next year!

The Best of the Best Awards ceremony, takes place on Wednesday the 18th of August at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. During this ceremony all the nominees, in their respective categories, and the 10 overall category winners will be celebrated.

Awards Conundrum

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

On the 26th of April 2010 we found out that we placed 31st in the S.Pelligrino World Top 50. This year is the sixth consecutive, and seventh year overall, that we’ve been included in the World Top 50 Restaurants. It’s always a huge honour but awards, in the hospitality and food industry, are a double-edged sword.

On the positive side it’s fantastic recognition and, in the eyes of the guest, it places you on another level. Plus who doesn’t enjoy awards? It makes you feel important and noticed. It makes you feel that – on some level – what you’re doing is worth it. Which is a little ridiculous because if you really think about it, if you really love what you do (and at Le Quartier Français we love what we do), it doesn’t matter whether you win an award or not. If you’re passionate you shouldn’t need to be recognised, your passion should be enough. But somehow, even keeping the whole passion argument in mind, it does matter. Being recognised is important but being recognised also makes it incredibly difficult to manage guests’ expectations.

When you’ve been considered a Top 50 restaurant for six consecutive years, like we have, some people expect an experience that is impossible to deliver. In fact if we weren’t in the industry we’d also have unrealistic expectations about some of the award winning restaurants.

Mind you we’re not complaining, we’re just saying that while we wait every year – with bated breathe – to find out if and where in the Top 50 we have placed we hope we did both better and worse than the previous year. Because better would be mean keeping the dragon off our back, for another 365 days, and worse would mean the ability to exceed more of our guests’ expectations.

World Top 50 Announcement

Monday, April 26th, 2010

This year has seen the Tasting Room place 31 overall (6 places higher than last year’s 37th place). In fact Margot was the only female chef to achieve a place in the 2010 World Top 50.

We’ve once again found ourselves in fine local company with La Colombe, another South African restaurant, appearing at number 12 in the top 50 rankings. They also clinched the title of 2010 Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. Congratulations La Colombe!

This year marks six consecutive years in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings and, for us, this is phenomenal and in many ways unbelievable. Every year global food and fine-dining standards improve exponentially and the competition, this year, was incredibly stiff. We consider it a huge honour to have once again been included. It is also fantastic that another South African restaurant has again – along with us – been recognized and it reinforces our belief that South Africa, as a food destination, continues to impress on the global culinary stage.

Last Day of Voting for the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Survey

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Remember today is the last you can vote for Le Quartier Français in the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Survey for 2010.

Vote and stand in line to win the Travel & Leisure Dream Holiday worth a not-to-be-sneezed-at $10,000.00.

Travel and Leisure World’s Best Voting

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Just a little reminder … if you haven’t yet voted, but you want to, please head on over to the Travel and Leisure website to vote for Le Quartier Français in the Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards Survery for 2010. Wow now that’s a mouthful.

To those of you that have already voted we extend a very big THANK YOU!

Food 24 Sizzling Chefs Competition

Friday, February 12th, 2010

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is this Sunday, Food 24 are searching for the most Sizzling South African Chef. In their line up of prospective Sizzlers they’re included Margot Janse and Annemarie Steenkamp (our Culinary Concierge).

Its difficult for men, and some women, to focus on the cooking when Annemarie is in the room.

It's difficult for men, and some women, to focus on the cooking when Annemarie is in the room.

We’d love one of them to win the coveted title of Sizzling South African Chef because, well, a title like that is worth about two months of endless teasing in the kitchen. For them to win we need you to vote.

To vote click here and you’ll find them on the second page of Sizzlers.