It turns out that we have the world’s best female chef. Last month South African Chantel Dartnall was given that acknowledgment in Warsaw, where she took the prize at the best chef (lady) awards 2017. She was also the highest-positioned woman in the best chef awards top 100 list, and one of only three to make the top 50. And she was the only SA chef listed in the top 100. Dartnall started Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient Boutique Hotel in Gauteng 11 years ago. Since then the restaurant (and the food creator herself) has garnered top local awards as well as international ones. Dartnall was twice named SA’s chef of the year. "We didn’t just want a restaurant, we wanted people to be able to escape from [their environment] even if it was only for four hours, to recharge and rejuvenate," Dartnall says. It seems to work. About 90% of patrons are repeat customers. Dartnall is from an Afrikaans family, but speaks crisp English. On top of this there is something very French and stylish about ...

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