American Express® last night revealed the country’s most coveted culinary list, the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards, at a chic event held in Johannesburg.
Balata Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort was acknowledged for its excellent standards by winning this award for the 5th time in its six years of existence, which places them under the Top 100 restaurants in South Africa.
“The 18th edition of these esteemed awards marked the introduction of a definitive list of the country’s 100 exceptional restaurants by American Express, the authority on extraordinary experiences and saw the highest number of first time recipient restaurants receive recognition””, according to the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards organisers.
Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler, one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, is the Executive Chef at The Fairway Hotel. A Swiss national who speaks no fewer than five languages, has stamped his mark on the South Africa culinary scene since his arrival in the country in the mid seventies. Since then he has held court at some of the country’s most famous establishments, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Mandela at his Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 1994.
Chef Siegenthaler was recently honoured as a “Chef of Distinction” during a celebratory event in honour of Swiss National Day where he prepared a five course dinner which was paired with excellent Klein Constantia wines.(Click here to see the brand new Balata Restaurant menu)
Mr Christopher Trimble, GM of The Fairway, ascribes the award to the consistent standard of excellence at Balata Restaurant:
“To be acknowledged as one of the Top 100 restaurants in the country is a tremendous testament to the craftsmanship of our culinary team at Fairway Hotel. As a hotel-based restaurant we have to go the extra mile to compete with the privately owned restaurants and our success is due to a great team who operates like a well-oiled machine. A restaurant is not only successful because of its chefs, but the restaurant manager Yves Forget and his team who are always there with a warm welcome, is also part of the success story. They’ve done a great job and I am extremely proud of them”.
The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is a proud member of
the Guvon Hotels & Spas group.
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