A couple of months ago I was invited to be a judge in the V & A Waterfront Masters of the Trade Routes Culinary Challenge. I ate in 9 different restaurants over two months and sampled some some amazing dishes.
Each participating restaurant created a signature dish that in some way encapsulated the spirit of the Trade Route. The competition sought to recognise the restaurant within the waterfront that delivered a flawless dining experience and an excellent fusion dish that was perfectly presented.
It was wonderful to be a part of such an exciting competition.
Last week the final 8 restaurants competed in the grand finale at a gala event that took place aboard the new SA Aghulas II. These top 8 restaurants were judged by Justine Drake, John Maytham and Caro De Waal on the night.
A tough competition but in the end Signal Restaurant headed up by executive chef Malika van Reenen took home the prize as the winner. I ate their meal in the restaurant and can safely say that this is well deserved.
I was deliriously excited to have the opportunity to board this amazing ice-breaking ship that carries scientists and supplies to the South Africa research stations in the Antartic.
I was far too busy sipping amazing Groot Constantia wines and sample all 8 winning restaurants meals to take photos, so all of these are the professional images shot on the night and supplied by the event organisers.