A South African restaurant has won two awards in the inaugural World Restaurant Awards. This tiny beach restaurant in an isolated South African fishing village was named the best in the world on February 18.
Wolfgat restaurant was opened just two years ago by Chef Kobus van der Merwe in a 130-year-old cottage and cave on the beach at Paternoster. He seriously learned to cook when he was 30. Its seven-course tasting menu costs the equivalent of 53 euros (USD 60), a fraction of what you are likely to pay at a top Paris table.
Kobus van der Merwe can feed only 20 people at a sitting that usually lasts two and a half hours. He forages every day for ingredients on the wild Atlantic shore of the Western Cape near his Wolfgat restaurant. "I don't feel worthy. It's a big title. My staff who go out every day gathering herbs, succulents and dune spinach, should be here... It's their baby," he said to AFP.
"I can't wait to celebrate with them with a big glass of South African sparkling wine," he added.