Top South African Restaurants, their Chefs & Recipes
We received a copy of the 2016/2017 JHP Gourmet Guide by Jenny Handley from MapStudios after seeing it launched at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town. My first thought during my initial browse through the book was that it would make a great tourist book for travellers who like to experience gourmet cuisine in the countries they travel to. It is, as the name implies, a guide to the top gourmet restaurants in South Africa. Even locals who have a finer taste in food and would like to experience the best in South African culinary arts would find this book a treasure, being able to read more about the various top restaurants in the country, plus take a look at a recipe from each restaurant. Tourists, either local or international, who would like to go on a culinary journey through South Africa will find this book exceptionally useful. It can be used as a dining map through the country, as it notes top gourmet restaurants in the major cities as well as through the countryside. To make it extra simple for culinary travellers, the book also includes a map, directions, GPS co-ordinates and QR codes that will link them to the restaurants’ websites.
However, for those who would like the book specifically for the recipes, be warned! They are rather intimidating, requiring a lot of time, patience, special pricey ingredients and at least some culinary skill. If you are better at making simple meals at home, you would be more keen to go to the restaurants and have the professionals create the delicious looking gourmet dishes for you. But, if you have above average skill in the kitchen, and you are up for the challenge, then this is a great cookbook to try. For those aspiring to be home chefs or to train as professionals, I see no reason why you cannot invest in this cookbook. You could learn some amazing things and take your cooking skills to a new level – and the cost is not even that high at only R299 at most leading book stores. This is a bargain price for recipes by top gourmet chefs in South Africa!
The restaurants featured in this book all received either a one or two plates in a unique ‘plating’ evaluation system. This involves a panel of professional gourmets who anonymously evaluated restaurant establishments based on innovation, consistency and service as well as gourmet and sensory criteria. One plate is awarded for excellent cuisine and a top-quality eating experience. Two plates are awarded for exceptional destination dining – extraordinary cuisine that deserves a special visit. Consistency plays an integral part in the culinary indusrty, so restaurants that can uphold and elevate their standards can be awarded three plates in the future.
Author, Jenny Handley owns a brand performance business and is an international restaurant reviewer, so she is one of the best people to compile a book such as this. She writes regularly for food and lifestyle publications and tops up her formal food qualifications annually by travelling and eating her way through various different cuisines around the world. She is a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs and her blog, Jen’s Journeys of Flavour, reflect her views and reviews, at home and abroad, from food markets to Michelin-star restaurants. She has so much exposure to the culinary industry that you wouldn’t have to doubt the reputations and descriptions of the restaurants featured in this book nor their chefs and recipes.
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