Chefs and bartenders go head-to-head in the Laphroaig Taste Trailblazers challenge


Prepare your taste buds for an adventure as Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky presents Taste Trailblazers in South Africa – a celebration of culinary pioneers who fearlessly push the boundaries of flavour.

Inspired by the captivating essence of Islay, Taste Trailblazers unravels the tales of those who weave their passion for taste into the realms of salt, fire, and peat. This programme aims to deepen the connection with devoted peated whisky connoisseurs by uniting them with trailblazing culinary partners across South Africa.

Collaborating as chef-and-bartender dream teams, they embark on a gastronomic odyssey that transcends the ordinary, crafting a menu that showcases the unforgettable elements of peat, salt, and fire. Prepare to be immersed in a dining experience that delights the senses.

Participating in this food and liquid quest, teams will face off against one another. With brand ambassadors and trusted media partners in attendance, the 19 nationwide dining experiences become the stage where the winning Taste Trailblazers of South Africa emerge triumphant.

Johannesburg unveils its culinary prowess through the following esteemed restaurants:

– Casalinga

– Bottega

– Embarc

– Acid Food & Wine Bar

– Curated Lounge Bedfordview

– Sin+Tax

– Mama Sumba

– Proud Mary

– The Whisky Shop Pineslopes

– The Pot Luck Club

In Cape Town, an exquisite line-up of participating restaurants awaits your presence:

– The Bailey

– The Pot Luck Club

– The Athletic Club & Social

– The Nines

– Talking to Strangers

– Dusk

– Nocturne

KZN showcases its culinary excellence through the following participating restaurants:

– AuthentiQ Bar

The announcement of the winners will take place in October 2023, where the top chef and bartender will be awarded the grand prize – a coveted trip to Fèis Ìle 2024 (Islay Whisky Festival).

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