South Africa’s La Colombe Restaurant ranks 49th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Words: Crush

[Las Vegas, 5 June 2024] Executive chef, James Gaag, took to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants stage in Las Vagas last night, to accept the award on behalf of La Colombe. Not only was the restaurant among the best in the world, it was also the highest ranked restaurant from the South and East Africa region, and as such, also awarded the title of The Best Restaurant in Africa.


Photo credit: Nick Muzik

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants… provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences…

Gaag says, “We’re speechless. It’s such an incredible honour for our team’s consistent work and dedication to be recognised at this level. To not only represent the La Colombe team, but also our home city of Cape Town on this stage is an immense privilege. We are so grateful to not only the panel of judges, but to every diner who we have welcomed through our doors – without you, this would not have been possible.”


Bringing South African excellence to the world stage

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – and its panel of 1,080 culinary experts – provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique culinary experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.

Photo credits: Candice Bresler (top and bottom left) | Andrea van der Spuy (bottom right)

Tamsin Snyman, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chair for South and East Africa, says “Team La Colombe have worked incredibly hard to be on this hugely important list. I am not surprised at their ranking; it is long overdue, and they now shine a spotlight not only on their genius talent, but also on our far-flung region. This will encourage more people to visit South Africa, so we can showcase our culinary talents across the board and reassure everyone that we are a world-class dining destination”

These awards reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of the world’s culinary landscape, and, mark the latest in La Colombe’s continued pursuit of international culinary excellence and collaboration. Gaag recently completed his month-long residency as the featured chef at Restaurant Ikarus at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Austria, as well as spearheading a series of ‘Four Hands Collaboration Dinners’ with British Michelin-starred chef, Adam Handling MBE.

Chef Proprietor, Scot Kirton, comments: “It’s a great honour to have La Colombe recognised among the world’s best restaurants. Year after year this team makes me so incredibly proud – congratulations to James, Aaron and the entire team that keeps driving the restaurant to new heights. These awards mean so much to everyone involved, and it’s great to see all the hard work over the years being recognised on a global scale .”


Photo credit: Nick Muzik

To make a reservation at La Colombe at Silvermist, book online, send an email or call +27 21 794 2390 | Location: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

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