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FYN, a Cape Town restaurant, has been ranked 92nd on the World’s Best Restaurants 50-100 list. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards are created by a UK media business and sponsored by Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. It is the result of a survey of foreign chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands, and restaurant critics.
Being chosen as one of the businesses that made it was a wonderful honour for Owner Peter Tempelhoff and his employees, especially given how severely the restaurant industry was struck by the Covid-19 outbreak. According to reports, over 3000 restaurants were forced to close owing to lockdowns ordered by the government in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. According to FYN, being named one of The World’s 50 Best RestaurantsTM is a tremendous accomplishment not only for the restaurant in question, but also for the industry as a whole.
“A panel of more than 1 000 experts works through an audited assessment and voting process to produce an updated list each year. Since 2002 the awards have been a barometer for the world’s fine dining scene,” it said. Tempelhoff stated that making it through and now learning that the restaurant has reached the list was a tremendous experience. He stated that they were relieved, fatigued, and proud.
The corporation also expressed gratitude to the local patrons who have backed FYN. “This is a real watershed moment for us, it means the world. And for the announcement to come at this time is huge. We are honoured, and I want to give kudos to Jennifer Hugé, the service and beverage director, and Ashley Moss the culinary director, and their teams – who strive to perfect everything they do. They’ve rolled with the punches throughout, and they are phenomenal support to me,” Tempelhoff said.
“When you consider how many restaurants there are in the world, it truly is a big deal. I hope this will prove to be a catalyst to reignite conversations about food, and get people out and eating in Cape Town restaurants again,” he said. Tempelhoff said the process of judging for The World’s 50 Best Restaurant was meticulous.