News 08 November 2023

Gourmet Guide Winner

Gourmet Guide 2024 Winner

For the second year in a row, Basalt is proud to be announced a winner at the annual JHP Gourmet Guide Awards, South Africa’s original, respected Plate Rating for restaurants.

In the words of Founder, Jenny Handley, SA Gourmet Guide includes “a carefully curated collection of fine-dining restaurants that range from classic to cutting edge. Each subscribes to high standards of excellence, this level achieved due to the relentless dedication of a community of talented chefs and their teams.”

At the 2024 JHP Gourmet Guide Awards, Basalt and Chef James Diack received the ‘Haute Performance’ Award for ‘Provenance’.  Judges in each regional team carefully considered those who paint the perfect picture of provenance, delving into what is growing on their doorstep, foraging, creating an industry around local suppliers and interrogating their origins to make a contribution to South African cuisine.  It was an exceptional honour to receive such a prestigious award this year.


Established in 2016, the annual JHP Gourmet Guide lends it’s unwavering commitment to promoting SA as a culinary destination, encouraging and rewarding excellence that equates to global standard, lending support and recognising skill within the industry.  The 2023 JHP Gourmet Guide™ won ‘Best in the World’ in the digital category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The 2018 guide was awarded with ‘Best in the World’ and the 2019 guide recognized in the Culinary Travel/Tourism category.  The 2020 guide was awarded the ‘Restaurant Platform of the Year’ accolade in the Prestige Awards’ South African category by UK-based company, Corporate LiveWire.