Peter Tempelhoff is Cape Town’s First Grand Chef

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on December 20th, 2011

The annual Relais & Châteaux Congress in Lisbon hosted a gathering of some of the world’s most renowned and celebrated chefs.

It was here that Peter Tempelhoff, Executive Chef for The Collection by Liz McGrath, was awarded the prestigious status of Grand Chef.

“To receive this award is something I have dreamed about for many, many years and I feel it is the start of a bright and wonderful future for us all.” Liz McGrath

Under the Grand Chef banner, you will discover the most celebrated names in the gastronomic world today. These renowned chefs constitute an international culinary benchmark, showcasing their genius, which reflects their own individual cultures.

Their restaurants, with their exquisite settings and service, fine wine cellars, and unrivalled cuisine, present the Grand Chef qualities of creativity and refinement which will delight any epicurean. These chefs can be found in cities all over the world from New York, Geneva, Sydney, Tokyo, Paris, and now The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town!

Peter Tempelhoff will join chefs of the calibre of Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Michel Roux Jr. of Le Gavroche, Michel and Alain Roux of The Waterside Inn, Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck, Hélène Darroze in Paris, Thomas Keller from Per Se and French Laundry, Daniel Boulud and Joel Robuchon – to name but a few.

“It is also a very humbling experience for me, as I am aware of the responsibility which comes with the title… to Liz McGrath, our team and ultimately to all of our guests. I look forward to this challenge and putting Cape Town firmly on the map as a world class gastronomic destination!” Peter Tempelhoff

Following quickly on the heels of this award, the Greenhouse restaurant at the Cellars Hohenort has just been awarded the best restaurant in South Africa by the 2012 Eat Out magazine!

Cape Town’s skies among the bluest of the blue

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on December 20th, 2011

And — in what South African tourism authorities this week hailed as “actual proof of our claims to having the best skies” — researchers told the Sunday Times that Cape Town’s recorded sky could have scored up to first place had it not been for partly cloudy days throughout the test period.

Measured by Britain’s National Physical Laboratory, readings were taken in 22 countries in a three-month project to establish the place whose heavens had the best hue, brightness and colour.

Recordings of a sparkling blue but partly cloudy scene from Cape Town’s cableway station at 10am two months ago saw South Africa scoop fifth place out of 20 top travel destinations.

Rio de Janeiro came first, followed by Bay of Islands, New Zealand; Ayres Rock (which is now mostly known as Uluru), Australia; and Denarau Island, Fiji. Milky and uninspiring skies above San Francisco, Peru and England came last.

Mariette du Toit, general manager of Cape Town Tourism, said: “We’ve been raving about our blue skies for ages, but now we’ve got scientific proof that we’re among the very best — this is definitely going to be added to the accolades in our marketing material.”

The project team leader at the laboratory, Nigel Fox, said calculations from “spectrometer” light instruments showed that the blue wavelengths dominated most in sub-tropical southern hemisphere countries like Brazil, South Africa and Fiji.

Fox said team members were shown photographs of the sky taken at the 22 cities and “visually, we put the top countries in the same sort of order”.

He added: “There was a little bit of subjectivity on exactly where the measurements took place and clouds did have a significant impact. But we standardised the tests as best we could — like taking measurements at the same time of day — and we’re generally confident in the results.”

Kanu’s KCB 2007 wins Best Chenin Trophy at IWSC

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on December 13th, 2011

For the LOVE of Chenin

In mid-November, Johan went up to London to receive Kanu’s Trophy for the best Chenin Blanc producer in the world. Our winning wine was the Kanu KCB 2007, a wooded Chenin Blanc that has stolen the heart of the world. Johan talks about how we feel about winning the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition) trophy, his love for Chenin, as well as his tasting experience of this wine.

Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

Posted by peter | Articles, Videos | Posted on December 7th, 2011

In her acceptance speech Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille said: “It is an honour for me to be addressing you here today as mayor of the first African city to be named a World Design Capital. A city belongs to its people and it must be designed for and with them and their communities. For many years, people have been applying innovative solutions to our challenges. They have been using design to transform various aspects of life. But they have often been working without an overarching social goal in mind.

“The World Design Capital bid process and title have helped to bring different initiatives together and have made us realise that design in all its forms, when added together, creates human and city development.
“The World Design Capital designation gives cities like Cape Town additional motivation to actively think of transformative design in development plans. We look forward to learning from other cities that are using design as a tool for transformation, including past winners Torino, Seoul and Helsinki and our fellow short-listed cities, Dublin and Bilbao. We are honoured to have been considered with them.”

The Cape Town Partnership started the World Design Capital bidding process over a year ago, on behalf of the City of Cape Town. A Bid Committee was tasked to frame the theme of the bid and to source content and case studies for the bid book. It included design case studies in the Stellenbosch area. On 31 March 2011 the 465-page bid book was formally submitted to the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in Canada, with the theme, “Live Design. Transform Life”.

Explaining the importance of the year 2014, De Lille said it will be the celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa,
“That celebration will allow for a time of reflection, to think about how far we have come as a country and a city. We will also be positioning ourselves to plan for the future. The next 20 years, and the 20 years after that, demand nothing less if we are to prosper as a city and a society and truly mature into our full potential.

“2014 then is the moment when the past and the future will come together for Cape Town, in contemplation and in action. In South Africa, cities were designed over decades to divide people. But since our new democratic era, we have been focused on trying to bring people together, to create a sustainable city that fosters real social inclusion.”

“The challenges faced by cities today are numerous. Sometimes, they seem unique. When we broaden our horizon, however, we discover the tremendous energy and innovation of individuals, communities and firms using design every day to create solutions. They are to be found within our city… and all over the world.

“In 2014, we will channel that energy into a series of events that celebrate design as a driver of social and economic change in the urban environment. We invite the global design community to become a part of our design journey, in our city, in Africa and in the world,” De Lille said.

Cape Town’s bid has gained widespread public and private sector support at City and Provincial level. It provides the opportunity to embed design thinking into urban development planning for social and economic growth. The accolade will also enhance Cape Town’s reputation globally as being a place that is known for more than just its natural beauty.
Previous World Design Capital title holders have seen increased visitor numbers as a result of the designation. Torino, Italy, World Design Capital for 2008, reported higher visitor numbers in their title year – which coincided with the global economic downturn – than in 2006, when they hosted the Winter Olympics.

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, Managing Director of the Cape Town Partnership and co-ordinator of the bid on behalf of the City said: “It has been a long and rewarding journey to get to this point. The real key to our success has been the partnerships that have been forged during the bid process, and the unwavering support of the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. Being named World Design Capital for 2014 is a unique opportunity for us to reposition Cape Town on the world stage as a city of innovation, creativity and caring – and to continue to foster and promote our design industries at home and abroad.”

The World Design Capital 2014 title results in a year-long programme of design-focused events that will see creative communities across the globe turning to Cape Town for social, economic and cultural solutions. These connections are vital in the long-term links the city will secure with global role-players within creative industries. This win also highlights how design innovation has led to growth in the Stellenbosch area, taking the bid beyond the city’s borders to acknowledge the design assets of the region.

Said Stellenbosch Mayor Conrad Sidego from Taipei, where the theme of the IDA Congress is “Design at the Edges”: “The edge is where design of the past and design of the future meet – in this moment we have the opportunity to shape a new design legacy for our region.

The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award for South Africa 2011

Posted by peter | Articles | Posted on December 6th, 2011

The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award for 2011 was recently announced during the festivities at the Swartland Revolution. The Award has been established to bring focus – and recognition of achievement – to the growing group of professional wine waiters in South Africa.

To achieve this merited status, the finalists had to endure a testing day of written exams, blind tastings and a practical assessment. In the practical they had to skilfully decant an aged wine,select and present wines to ‘guests’, pairing them with items on a menu. Joakim Hansi Blackadder was announced as this years top achiever and was awarded The Bollinger Exceptional Wine Service Award 2011. Wayve Kolevsohn was second, followed by Greg Mutambe, sommelier at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa


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