La Colombe places 49th in prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Photo by Candice Bresler

EXECUTIVE chef James Gaag took to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants stage in Las Vegas last night (June 5, 2024), 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.

Says Gaag, “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.”

James Gaag, photo by Nick Muzik

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.

“Team La Colombe has 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,” says Tamsin Snyman, World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chair for South and East Africa. “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 a 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.

Photo by Andrea van der Spuy

Comments chef proprietor, Scot Kirton: “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 .”

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