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AMERICAN EXPRESS RESTAURANT AWARDS
It’s often been said that the great financial sage, Warren Buffet’s, winning-most investments were Coca-Cola and American Express, and American Express’ winning-most restaurants were announced at a gala function in Johannesburg on Monday night. We’d scarcely dried the ink on Hartford House’ Diners Club Diamond Wine List Award, than we were greeted with the news that the culinary giants, Victor Strugo, Lannice Snyman and Vanessa Singh were among those that had selected Hartford’s restaurant, it’s celebrated young chef Jackie Cameron, and the talented cooking and hospitality teams behind them, among just four KZN based restaurants in the fine dining categories.
Just a fortnight ago, Shaun Munroe of Durban’s grand old dame, the Beverley Hills, joined Jackie in a chef exchange between the two gourmet gems, and it was gratifying to see the Beverley Hills and Andrew Draper among those locally based eateries, walking away with “gongs”.
Within the month we’ll know how Hartford fared as one of five finalists in House and Leisure’s national restaurant of the year, so (its….. award of the past twelve months) Hartford’s not just about being the only world class hotel on a world class stud farm. It’s right up there with the best restaurants in the world, and if you think that’s stretching it, give it a shot.
Pamela White, Tania Maree, Vanessa Singh, Jackie Cameron, Victor Strugo
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