imageLast night I attended the soft opening of The Restaurant at Villa 47, the cool contemporary restaurant on the third floor of the triple restaurant building, which has been long-awaited over the past six months. It was a lovely evening with new friends made, and reconnections made with the past.

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imageIn addition to all the Chefs who Share events I attended in Johannesburg last week, I planned to see the exhibition of the Jack M. Ginsberg Collection of the work of Walter Battiss “I invented myself” at the Wits Art Museum. I was very fortunate to have Mr Ginsberg himself take other Battiss lovers and I on a private tour of his Collection on Saturday.
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imageThe Eat Out Top 20 Restaurant shortlist will be announced shortly, and as has become tradition, we have prepared our prediction for what we believe the top twenty restaurants in our country to be. We also announce the judges for the 2016 Eat Out Top 10.

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imageWhile it is still to early to calculate the exact proceeds of ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ 2016, co-founder Florian Gast is confident that the total proceeds from the auction at the Gala Dinner last night, the three pre-dinners earlier this week (each reported on in this Blog), and the Veggie Box Initiative will exceed R2 million.  (more…)

imageOn Thursday seven young and keen chefs arrived at The Maslow hotel, to compete for the Chefs who Share Young Chef Award 2016. The winning chef will be announced at the Chefs who Share Gala Dinner held at the Johannesburg City Hall this evening. (more…)

imageThe third of three Chefs who Share pre-dinners held in Johannesburg this week was the best, and was held at The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa last night. It was a successful marriage of Swiss and South African cuisine, enjoyed by all attending. (more…)

imageLast night was the half-way mark of the 2016 six-day Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving  charity event being held in Johannesburg, a pre-dinner to the Gala Dinner taking place in the Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday evening.

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imageFor the first time in its four-year history, Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving has created a week-long event for the charity project, having started on Monday night with an Art Preview of work to be auctioned at the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening. Last night the first of three Chefs who Share pre-dinners was held at the Four Seasons The Westcliff in Johannesburg.

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imageLast night ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ was launched in Johannesburg for the first time, having been held in Cape Town for the past three years. A preview of the twenty-five auction lots, mainly artwork, was held at The Maslow Hotel in the form of a cocktail party.  (more…)

imageLast month I was lucky to eat at La Colombe twice, a lunch by invitation of Saronsberg, and a dinner by invitation of La Colombe Head Chef James Gaag. I was impressed with the growth in the restaurant cuisine and theme since first eating at the restaurant after its move to Silvermist two years ago.

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