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.