SA’s Wolfgat named world’s restaurant of the year

South Africa’s very own Wolfgat in Paternoster was announced as Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris last night (18 February). The foraging-focused eatery also took home the award for best restaurant in the Off-Map Destination category. Chef Kobus van der Merwe joined some of the world’s best chefs to celebrate game-changing restaurants in the global restaurant industry at the event.

Wolfgat‘s head chef Kobus van der Merwe – Eat Out’s reigning S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year – collected the award from the always-glam television host, celeb chef and fellow South African, Lorna Maseko.

The restaurant, which is housed in a converted 130-year-old fisherman’s beach cottage in Paternoster offers one of the best, most untouched views in the country and is praised for a menu that is built freshness and locality. “If mother nature erected a sign saying ‘build restaurant here’, it would surely point to Wolfgat. Chosen from all the inspected big plates, our inaugural Restaurant of the Year is a small, remote haven of purity and good taste in every sense,” reads the World Restaurant Awards website.

The new international restaurant awards comprises a more progressive list of categories – which are judged by a panel of of experts from across the globe including Eat Out’s chief judge Margot Janse – in an attempt to reflect the range of diversity in the global restaurant scene.

Congratulations to Kobus and the Woflgat team on bringing home the gold! We are so proud!


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