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Chipotle-glazed sweetbreads with wagyu, corn purée and coriander by La Colombe, which received three plates in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

This year’s JHP Gourmet Guide is here, featuring South Africa’s 25 plated and 50 rated chefs, restaurants and recipes to help you plan your culinary journey for 2019.

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With his sustainable approach to modern cuisine, Adriaan Maree offers farmstyle fine dining at Fermier restaurant, which received the Haute Pride Award in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

Since its inception in 2016, the JHP Gourmet Guide by respected global restaurant reviewer and writer Jenny Handley has been presenting South Africans with a curated compendium of top-rated and plated local chefs, restaurants and dishes.

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Candice Philip is the Head Chef of Saxon Hotel’s Grei restaurant in Johannesburg, which received the Haute Property Award in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

Following the South African restaurant plate rating system – which is the equivalent of Michelin stars in the UK, US, Asia and South America, and hats in Australia – the JHP Gourmet Guide evaluates and rewards local fine-dining restaurants in an impartial and fair way.

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Headed up by Chef Kobus van der Merwe, Wolfgat in Paternoster serves up delectable experimental dishes made of ingredients foraged from the area, earning it the Haute Provenance Award in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

The restaurants and chefs aren’t compared to one another, but are instead measured up against global benchmarks, establishments and professionals, resulting in a top-class evaluation that can be recognised worldwide.

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Aubergine with masala buttermilk, foam and nuts, served with a soft goat’s milk cheese gel. This is by The Restaurant at Waterkloof, which was awarded two plates in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

One plate is awarded to restaurants serving exceptional cuisine, two plates are awarded for restaurants offering impeccable dining, and three plates are awarded
for restaurants that provide an overall world-class experience.

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Ivor Jones is the Head Chef of Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia in Cape Town, which was awarded two plates in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019. Image: Claire Gunn

Then there are the Haute Performance Awards, which are given to those leaving their mark in the industry. The awards are broken down into five categories, namely Haute Property, Haute Passion, Haute Pride, Haute Provenance and Haute People.

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Restaurant Mosaic in Pretoria takes classic combinations and reinvents them into edible botany, which is why it was awarded three plates in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

The pièce de résistance is the SWISS Culinary Innovation Award, presented by SWISS and the JHP Gourmet Guide, which recognises fine dining that elevates the customer experience through creativity, effort, efficiency, passion, accuracy, precision and sustainability. It was awarded to Chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame, with one of his remarkable dishes gracing the cover of the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

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Chocolate, rosemary and granadilla dessert by Camphors at Vergelegen, which was awarded two plates in the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019.

All of this culminates in one beautifully presented book, complete with information about the restaurants, insights and recipes from the chefs and magnificent food photography that will delight any foodie (both local and international).

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Look out for the JHP Gourmet Guide 2019 in leading bookshops, Woolworths stores and online at R299.

For more local foodie news, read about Indochine’s new Afro-Asian menu at Delaire Graaf in Stellenbosch, David Higgs’ new restaurant, Saint, in Johannesburg, and Balducci’s new standalone vegan menu at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.