Proudly SA: Local chef named best female chef in the world

South African Chantel Dartnall has been named the best female chef on the planet. If you wanted something to be proud of, then this is it. A local chef conquering the global food scene.

IOL reached out to Dartnall to find out how she is taking to her achievement.

The 37-year-old has described the feeling as “pretty insane”, even though she is still trying to process the news. Dartnall is the owner and head chef of Restaurant Mosaic in Elandsfontein near Pretoria.

The Best Chef Lady Awards took place in Warsaw Poland last week. This prestigious international award is not the first piece of recognition for this brilliant local, though.

Dartnall is a two-time South Africa Chef of the Year and was faced with even tougher competition to win this year’s global award. Last year’s best Elena Arzak, was beaten by Dartnall this year even though she is from an internationally recognised, three Michelin-starred restaurant.

The Elandsfontein-born Dartnall also placed 32nd in the overall Best Chef Awards Top 100 for 2017. This made the South African the highest placed woman and only one of three women to make the top 50.

Additionally, she is the only South African to make the top 100.

“It’s a major award when you look at the other chefs who were nominated, such as Elena Arzak and Sophie Pic, who both have three Michelin stars. I’ve always admired them,” says Dartnall.

Although she knew she was talented, Dartnall admitted she didn’t expect to win, the trip was all about meeting her idols!

“I made the decision to fly across the world for one night to attend the awards ceremony in Warsaw because it was such a great honour to be included with these giants who I admire so much.

“I’ve spent time with them before and was just excited to meet with them again – they are my food heroes and to be in the same room as them was a reward in itself.”

By: The South African


 

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