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Le Quartier Francais Top 20 Finalists


Executive chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Français part of the Leeu Collection has been announced as one of the Top 20 finalists of the Basque Culinary World Prize. This internationally recognized award recognizes chefs whose projects have improved society through gastronomy.

All nominations will first be assessed by the Prize Committee to check they meet the judging criteria. A list of the strongest twenty finalists will be announced in May 2016.

These Top 20 finalists will delivered to the Jury on the 10th July 2016 for final and present deliberation in the BCC. The winner will be announced on the 11th July 2016, and officially awarded at a prize gala in September 2016.

The Top 20 finalists, who will join Margot on this international platform, include chefs from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, the US and Venezuela. The finalists’ projects are focused on everything ranging from innovation to education, health, research, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and the preservation of local cultures.

Representing South Africa, Margot’s Isabelo Project – an initiative that now feeds 1 300 school children seven days of the week in the Franschhoek Wine Valley – has impressed the judges tremendously.


The panel includes some of world’s most respected chefs, such as the worlds top 100 chef Massimo Bottura, Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal and René Redzepi. The winner, who will be announced on 11 July, will receive €100,000 for his or her project!

Here’s to Margot and we are holding thumbs that this amazing chef brings home yet another culinary award for South Africa!

More information on the other entrants and judges | http://www.basqueculinaryworldprize.com/http://www.basqueculinaryworldprize.com/

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