What makes us special
- Over the years Chantel has discovered a universal truth. “There are only a few basic fundamental principals when it comes to being a chef - passion, consistency and simplicity”. She believes that we should seek out to enhance our food, our health, and our lives.
- She does this with the layers of harmonious rhythms and melodies that manifest her botanical creations as she strives to enable nature to speak through her. It is more than foraging, it is about being in tune with the essence of each ingredient as she utilizes herbs and flowers not only to nourish, but also to invigorate and enthrall her diners. The preparation, cooking and eating of food becomes a sanctified act and she makes use of her kitchen to deliberately hone her craft and weave her spells...this is the magic of Chantel Dartnall, this is your journey in her world.
- Chantel is among the elite in the food world, or as we like to call her, the Queen of Culinary. Her Restaurant Mosaic is listed amongst the top 200 best restaurants in the world by the prestigious LaListe awards. She has twice been named South African Chef of the Year at the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards. She received the title as the Best Female Chef in World for 2017, and was also named the Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards in the same year. Chantel was placed at number 32 of the best chefs in the world by The Best Chef Awards Top 100 list for 2017, the highest positioned woman and one of only three to make the top 50.
- Before reaching such incredible culinary heights, Chantel studied at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine, in Pretoria, South Africa, before being awarded a scholarship from the World Association of Chefs Societies to study at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island in the USA. From here she went to London where she worked under Chef Nico Ladenis at his three star Michelin restaurant, Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane, in London. She also worked with Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park in Devon, a two Michelin star establishment and chefs such as Ladenis, Alain Ducasse and Marco Pierre.
- With this stellar experience behind her, Chantel returned to South Africa and established Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient Boutique Hotel in 2006.
- Renowned South African Impressionist artists and interior decorators were commissioned to step back in time to the romantic early 1900s to create a restaurant that was both romantic and unique and which paid homage to Chantel's love of Parisian Belle Époque restaurants. Restaurant Mosaic has an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms.
- Unlike many other establishments, Dartnall is always in charge of the kitchen and in attendance to meet guests when the restaurant is open. The restaurant is known for its impressive degustation menus. Restaurant Mosaic is located in The Orient Private Hotel in the Francolin Conservation Area, Elandsfontein, Crocodile River Valley, Gauteng. It is a place as unexpected as it is spectacular; an exotic Moorish-inspired palace that transports guests to another time with nothing to distract from the beauty that nature has to offer.
- The magic of Mosaic and Chef Chantel Dartnall is a dining experience that engages all the senses, taste, smell, texture, touch, mouth-feel & satiation, leaving you inspired and revitalised.
- There is a subliminal rhythm to the progression of the courses at Mosaic. Slowly, like a heartbeat, it taps into your senses, growing with each new dish until you experience the continuous melody that the menu s conveys. Individual creations become instruments in a gastronomical orchestra, each with their own prominent role, following each other in the correct order, until all the elements come together in a joyous composition, leaving you with a sense of fulfilment as the crescendo echo’s a song of celebration…
- As if that wasn't enough to impress, Restaurant Mosaic also boasts one of the most comprehensive and lauded wine cellars in Africa, if not the world, comprising of more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 5 500 different local and international labels and so each course is paired with what the team believes is the perfect wine to enhance the dish at hand...ask to see the Wine-Bible, it'll blow your mind. Just to add to the impression, this wine list has won Mosaic the Best Wine List in the World at the Best Chef Awards twice.
- Chantel Dartnall 'Botanical Cuisine' approach is to feature Mother Nature on a plate, where each dish is designed to reflect the beauty, balance, harmony and purity that you find in nature." It’s about capturing nature’s nuances, but it’s also about studying the medicinal properties of the herbs and flowers she includes in the menu, to aid in digestion, promote blood circulation and a general feeling of wellbeing".
- “Each dish is designed to reflect the beauty, balance, harmony and purity that you find in nature”, and the more you engage & discover the 'naturalness' of nature, the healthier your system becomes. We believe that Chantel's culinary vision is the epitome of what we are trying to achieve with this project.
- Responsible sourcing, sustainability and sensibility has always been the key factors when it comes to buying any ingredients at Mosaic. 'I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a diverse selection of farms within a 50km radius to my restaurant. For me it has always been very important to create a strong bond with my local suppliers especially the farmers, and the best way to do this is to personally visit the farms where the fresh produce is grown or the animals are raised. Chefs need to have intimate knowledge of their suppliers and the produce to insure the purest quality organic ingredients are served wherever possible'.