• On the evening of 21 May, the enchanting Monument House in Franschhoek hosted the 2024 Luxe Restaurant Awards, an illustrious celebration of South Africa’s finest culinary talent. The event, known for its prestige and star-studded guest list, brought together luminaries from across the gastronomic world for an unforgettable evening of recognition and revelry.

    The awards ceremony was a glittering affair, with culinary icons such as the critically acclaimed fine-dining chef James Gaag, culinary media personality The Lazy Makoti, and food entrepreneur Siba Mtongana gracing the event with their presence. Their attendance underscored the significance of the Luxe Restaurant Awards in the South African culinary scene.

    Among the evening’s highlights was the announcement of La Petite Colombe as the Restaurant of the Year. Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, La Petite Colombe has consistently dazzled with its innovative cuisine and impeccable service, making it a deserving recipient of this prestigious accolade.


    Callan Austin was honoured as Chef of the Year, a testament to his exceptional culinary prowess and dedication to his craft. Austin’s creative vision and commitment to excellence have set a new benchmark in the industry, earning him this well-deserved recognition.

    Chad Fourie, founder and chief judge of the Luxe Restaurant Awards, spoke to the significance of such accolades in celebrating and promoting culinary excellence. “The Luxe Restaurant Awards play a crucial role in recognising the outstanding talent within our vibrant culinary landscape,” said Fourie. “South Africa boasts some of the most innovative and skilled chefs in the world, and these awards honour their achievements and inspire the next generation of culinary artists.”


    The night also shone a spotlight on emerging talents and established icons alike, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of South Africa’s culinary landscape. Guests were treated to a sumptuous array of dishes, reflecting the rich tapestry of flavours that define the nation’s cuisine.

    This year’s Luxe Restaurant Awards not only celebrated culinary excellence but also highlighted the industry’s resilience and innovation. Despite the challenges of recent years, the South African culinary community has continued to thrive, pushing the boundaries of creativity and quality.

    As the evening drew to a close, attendees departed with a renewed sense of inspiration and camaraderie, looking forward to another year of culinary achievements. The 2024 Luxe Restaurant Awards once again affirmed its status as the pinnacle of culinary recognition in South Africa, setting the stage for future gastronomic triumphs.


    Take a glimpse into the winners of the night

    African Restaurant of the Year: The Happy Uncles

    Bistro of the Year: Farro Restaurant

    Burger Joint of the Year: Zuney Wagyu

    Café of the Year: Hemelhuijs

    Casual Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Post and Pepper

    Chef of the Year: Callan Austin

    Coffee Shop of the Year: Truth Coffee

    Contemporary Restaurant of the Year: Club Kloof

    Culinary Change Award: Wandile Mabaso

    Culinary Innovation Award: Rikku O’Donnchu

    Culinary Media Personality of the Year: Clement Pedro

    Culinary Rising Star Award: Matt Van Den Berg

    Family Restaurant of the Year: The Table at De Meye

    Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Belly of the Beast

    Grillhouse of the Year: VUUR Restaurant

    Hidden Gem Award: Stefan’s Restaurant at Erinvale Hotel & Spa

    Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Upper Union

    International Restaurant of the Year: Ouzeri

    Legacy Award: La Colombe

    Lifestyle Restaurant of the Year: Club Como

    New Restaurant of the Year: Mertia

    Pastry Chef of the Year: Jared Melamed

    People’s Choice Award: Kolonaki Greek Kouzina

    Pioneer Award: James Gaag

    Pop-Up Restaurant of the Year: Chef Rikku at The Art of Duplicity

    Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe

    Restobar of the Year: The 11th Floor

    Service Excellence Award: The Living Room

    Street Food Restaurant of the Year: The Siba Deli

    Supper Club of the Year: Tempo Luxury Restaurant

    Sustainability Award: Salsify at the Roundhouse

    Wine Service Award: Keize Mumba

    For more information about the Luxe Restaurant Awards and a complete list of winners, please visit the Instagram page @luxe.awards

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