Eat Out Restaurant Awards has named once again Chantel Dartnall Chef of the Year at the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards held this week.
Dartnall first won the prestigious award in 2009. She is known for producing nuanced, nature-inspired food to rival the best of French fine dining.
The Eat Out Awards, which celebrate the best of the South African restaurant industry, also placed her renowned venue Mosaic at The Orient in the Top 5 best eating establishments in the country.
“Both times I received this wonderful award were truly unexpected,” said Dartnall. “There was absolutely nothing different about the feeling of pure adrenaline and excitement of hearing my name announced.”
“In 2009 I was still the new kid on the block and Mosaic had only been open for three years. Five years later and I believe that both Mosaic and I are better known and established. I believe I am now a little more deserving of the title than I was in 2009.”
Trained at the Prue Leith Culinary Academy, Dartnall has gained a huge wealth of knowledge from her extensive annual travels to some of the world’s finest restaurants. This year she visited Portugal, Madeira, Spain and France.
“As a chef it is important for me to know what is happening in my industry across the globe and I enjoy meeting other chefs, sometimes working with them, and experiencing their creativity.”
“It inspires me to work harder at what I do to ensure that our quality at Mosaic is parallel to what you would encounter in the best restaurants in the world,” she said.
Dartnall will be off to Italy in January next year as part of her prize as the 2014 Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year. She will be participating in the Chef’s Cup SüdTirol in Alta Badia, an annual event which brings together 70 renowned chefs from around the globe.