JHP Gourmet Guide™ – all the plates

Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia by Claire Gunn

THE 2024 JHP Gourmet Guide™ launch took place at beyond restaurant on the Buitenverwachting wine estate in Constantia, Cape Town on Monday 30 October, where 45 Plated restaurants, and the Haute Performance awards for chefs and restaurants were announced.

One plate is awarded for excellent cuisine, two for exceptional dining that demands a detour, and three plates for world-class destination dining worthy of a flight. 

The digital guide, which won the Best In The World in the digital category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2023, showcases the best fine-dining establishments in South Africa. It rewards excellence and consistency in the industry and is highly respected for its authenticity and credibility. Established in 2016, it is the first restaurant rating system in South Africa that equates to global standards of international benchmarking.

Premium restaurants, having grown from last year’s 36 to 45 in total, received their plate ratings at the ceremony. Minister of Tourism, Patricia de Lille, thanked the restaurants and chefs for their contribution to gastronomic tourism in South Africa, and presented the plates.

Joff van Reenen, Minister Patricia de Lille and Jenny Handley

Jenny Handley, founder and curator of the guide, reminded the chefs that they are not in the food business, but in the people business. The challenge is to match global standards, and to tap into their diverse kitchens to understand and promote all genres of SA cuisine. She encouraged them to support local, to be more sustainable, to practice genuine upliftment and more transformation. “The most important meal served in a restaurant is the one with your team before service, when you come together as a family. You begin to understand one another’s history and heritage and culture, and only then can you showcase our diverse cuisine,” said Handley.

The Haute Purpose & Passion Award, in partnership with Wesgro, the Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, was won by The Test Kitchen Fledgelings. The criteria included: community impact, involvement, and upliftment, strategy for sustainability and futureproofing, the ability to influence others positively, and to harness the passion of their team. 

The JHP Gourmet Guide™ is proud to partner with the WWF Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) in awarding the first green philosophy plate to FYN. Seven provenance awards were given to chefs and restaurants: Basalt, Bertus Basson, beyond, Emazulwini, Klein JAN, The LivingRoom and Wolfgat. 

All Haute Performance award winners received a bespoke, hand-crafted trophy from Mervyn Gers Ceramics, which has been sponsoring the JHP Gourmet Guide™ awards since 2018. The range of ceramics reflects and celebrates the diversity of South Africa, as seen in our cuisine. Each commemorative plate, trimmed with real bronze, silver or gold, is proudly displayed by the restaurants.

A detailed list of all winners is in the guide. Use this link to access the 2024 JHP Gourmet Guide™ to view the Plated restaurants and Haute Performance award winners, or see below. 


Belly Of The Beast
  • Arkeste
  • Aubergine
  • Belly of the Beast
  • Cavalli
  • Chorus
  • Clara’s Barn
  • Delaire Graff Restaurant
  • Eike
  • ëlgr
  • Emazulwini Restaurant
  • Embarc
  • Faber
  • Marble 
  • Post & Pepper
  • Séjour
  • Serendipity
  • The Chefs’ Table
  • The Jordan Restaurant
  • The Shortmarket Club
  • The Tasting Room at Creation
  • The Test Kitchen Fledgelings  
  • Tokara
  • Upper Union Restaurant


  • beyond 
  • Chefs Warehouse Maison
  • Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo
  • Dusk
  • Epice
  • Fermier
  • Gåte
  • Le coin Français
  • Les Créatifs
  • Qunu
  • Rust en Vrede
  • The LivingRoom 
  • The Pot Luck Club CT
  • The Pot Luck Club JHB
  • The Waterside
  • Wolfgat


La Colombe
  • Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia
  • FYN
  • Klein JAN
  • La Colombe
  • La Petite Colombe
  • PIER Restaurant
  • Salsify at the Roundhouse


  • Pioneer – The Happy Uncles
  • Promise – Carla Schulze
  • Property – Galjoen 
  • Pride of SA – Siba Mtongana 
  • Partnership – Ryan Cole 
  • Programme of Wine, in Association with the South African Sommeliers Association – La Colombe
  • Purpose & Passion with Wesgro – The Test Kitchen Fledgelings 


  • Basalt
  • Bertus Basson
  • beyond 
  • Emazulwini
  • Klein JAN
  • The LivingRoom
  • Wolfgat 


  • FYN

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