Chef Talk: Chantel Dartnall’s South African Wine and Food Fantasia | Chef Talk | News & Features


The chef at newly minted Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Restaurant Mosaic preaches “botanical cooking” and local wines

Photo by: Marsel Roothman

At Restaurant Mosaic, chef Chantel Dartnall has plenty to celebrate, so there’s lots of Champagne on the wine list.

In 2006, chef Chantel Dartnall opened Restaurant Mosaic at her family’s Orient Hotel on a nature reserve outside Pretoria in South Africa’s Crocodile River Valley as a showcase for the European techniques and cuisine she had honed in Michelin-starred kitchens in the United Kingdom. But her surroundings—nearly 700 acres of “the most pristine nature you can imagine” in the Francolin Conservancy—soon became a guiding inspiration. She now…

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