Thursday, December 03, 2015

SASSI Trailblazer 2015 Award Winners presentation at The Table Bay

Every year SASSI (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative) awards chefs and others who support the initiative in some way. This year the awards went to seven chefs and to a cookbook writer. SASSI is aimed at informing the public how their choice of fish for consumption can help determine the future health and productivity of our oceans. We were invited to the awards, which took place last Monday evening
Clare Mack, of Spill Communications, also the awards organiser, said, “It’s gratifying to see, in the third year of these awards, that many restaurants are adopting sustainable practices in seafood, without any intervention or prompting. Sustainability is now mainstream, it has really caught on
Listening to the award announcements
Two wines had been donated to refresh the guests: De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay and a rosé from Flagstone
Pavs Pillay, SASSI Programme Manager at WWF-SA, commented, “Our partnerships with chefs are inspired by a love of seafood and a shared commitment to help restore our overexploited seafood species. The chefs we are recognising have gone the extra mile in advocating the sustainability message. She thanked the nominees for flying the SASSI banner and welcomed the newcomers
Previous Trailblazer winner, now mentor and SASSI stalwart, Chef Brad Ball of Peddlars in Constantia
Brad accepted the awards for Chef Greg Coleman of East Head Café, Knysna; and Chef Michelle Theron of Pierneef à La Motte, who could not attend
Chef Jonathan Japha, of Black Sheep restaurant in Kloof Street, was an award winner
So was Chef Peter Pankhurst of Savoy Cabbage
Another winner, Chef Hylton Espey of Equus at Cavalli Restaurant near Stellenbosch with his wife, Petro
Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams of the Table Bay Hotel was delighted to receive one
Chef Sias Tabambi of Harbour House in the Waterfront was another winner
The winners posing with Percy the seal
Happy smiling faces
We spent a very enjoyable late afternoon on the terrace at The Table Bay talking to the winners
And watching the working harbour tugs
And the tourists walking along the dock
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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