South Africa’s culinary industry has been in the spotlight throughout 2022; it has been recognised for its restaurants and the World Culinary Awards has collectively appreciated the country as a whole.
The third annual World Culinary Awards recently awarded countries around the world with the best cuisines, restaurants, culinary destinations and much more.
The World Culinary Awards is a global initiative that seeks to recognise and reward excellence in the culinary industry on agloba l scale.
South Africa is a top culinary destination
South Africa was awarded Africa’s Best Culinary destination. Overall it was ranked 16th globally.
South African Tourism general manager of global PR, communications and stakeholder relations, Thandiwe Mathibela said in a statement that it was a great achievement for our chefs and restaurants.
“This is extremely special. This recognition destination South Africa has received in the culinary space is a testament that we have more than wildlife. We are also home to breathtaking landscapes and award-winning restaurants. We are simply a stunning destination that offers a wide variety of memorable experiences.”
It came as no big surprise as South Africa’s top restaurant La Colombe was awarded Africa’s Best Restaurant.
The Cape Town restaurant was also rated three stars by Eat Out Awards, which means expert judges rate their food between 90-100%.
The Best Africa’s New Restaurants went to Post & Pepper Restaurant in Stellenbosch and the African continent’s best Food Festival went to DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival.
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It is well known Cape Town restaurants rank highly, not only locally but abroad as well.
Restaurants such as La Colombe and FYN Restaurant have for the past two years scored highly amongst foodies.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 ranked FYN in the Western Cape at number 37.
This is the highest entry for the South African restaurant. Last year, FYN Restaurant was placed at number 92.
The list is chosen by an Academy made up of 1 080 leading restaurant critics, chefs, restaurateurs and gourmets from 27 regions globally. This year, 24 countries in five continents and 12 brand-new entries made it into the top 50.
FYN Restaurant thanked the World’s 50s Best for the “incredible news”, as the relatively new restaurant, which opened three years ago, has already been ranked so highly.