Grande Provence chef nominated for The Best Chef Awards

Grande Provence chef nominated for The Best Chef Awards

Darren Badenhorst, Grande Provence Executive Chef, is one of just four South Africans to be nominated for The Best Chef Awards 2017.

Launched in Poland in 2016, this international social media driven competition seeks out the world’s top chefs in terms of culinary artistry and visual presentation. The winning chefs are selected in six categories by 300 voters comprising chefs, food writers and culinary experts across the globe as well as 1,5 million Likes from followers on the competition’s digital platform.

The other South Africans to be included in the Top 300 World Selection of the Best Chef Awards 2017 are Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic who is also an ambassador for the awards, Peter Templehoff of the Greenhouse and Michael Deg of Delaire Graff Restaurant.

A perfectionist and master of visual food presentation, Chef Darren literally creates art on a plate with every dish served at The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek.

Drawing from the best local seasonal produce and embracing a variety of cuisine styles, Chef Darren lives out his passion exploring more unusual and challenging ingredients, some even foraged by his own hand. Grounded by his strong focus on the visual aspects of food, great depth of flavour and meticulous attention to detail down to the last micro herb, every plate is a culinary revelation for all the senses.

“We like to wow our guests with a diverse experience showcasing some rather exciting and beautifully presented ingredients. Every element needs to reveal itself to all the senses, be it sight, smell or touch,” says Chef Darren.

His unexpected culinary twists and use of locally foraged and supplied ingredients from speciality purveyors, allow him to be truly unique in his approach.

Votes and Likes for the 100 finalists of The Best Chef Awards 2017 can be cast during the entire month of September. The winners will be announced during the finals in Warsaw on 25 October. Follow the Best Chef Awards on Instagram and Facebook and be sure to Like Chef Darren’s profile and visually engaging food imagery. For more information visit

To experience Chef Darren’s culinary artistry for yourself, call 021-876 8600 or e-mail to make a booking.

• Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards. Part of The Huka Retreats, Grande Provence also offers guests The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit, or Twitter @grande_provence.



Carraway cured quail GǪ crushed pearl barley, baby beets mosaic, caramelized onion soubise, celeriac puree









Monochrome of Forest Green in the mist













Monochrome of Forest Green











Executive Chef Darren infornt of wine tasting hr














Rose & white chocolate macaroon with caramelized white chocolate mousse, rose pearls and pipette, toasted macadamia nuts and candyfloss ice cream












Summer Berry ice cream sandwich













Issued by: GC Communications
Contact: Gudrun Clark
Tel: +27 +21-462 0520

On behalf of: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Contact: Lizelle Geeringh

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