Head Chef Scot Kirton
After just more than one year as Head Chef at La Colombe, Scot Kirton has raised the bar astounding diners and critics alike with his new culinary wonders, each epitomizing his pursuit of excellence and passion towards gastronomic innovation.
Scot Kirton has seamlessly taken over in the kitchen delivering quintessential excellence in every dish to which the 2011 San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants Awards bears testimony. After a mere 15 months in his role as Head Chef, La Colombe is ranked within the Top 100 Restaurants of the World as announced by San Pellegrino’s annual World’s Best Restaurants Awards on the 18th April 2011. With only 3 South African restaurants ranked within the top 100 in the world, the recent achievement is a tremendous feat for Scot. The Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards for 2012 have placed La Colombe in 10th position.
Scot’s approach has been confident and swift, not only maintaining the standards of one of the finest restaurants in the world, but steering each to significantly new heights. Patrons of La Colombe have revelled throughout season in Scot’s delivery of classic signature dishes and his endless array of sublime new inspirations that now form the mainstay of La Colombe’s À la Carte menu, as well as the Gourmand Tasting Menu.
A proponent of the freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavours and classical elegance, Scot has delivered several new signature dishes including the most succulent, plump scallops and juicy confit pork belly glazed in a langoustine stock and drizzled with a mussel and Black Forest ham velouté. Equally delectable is Scot’s pineapple and passion fruit cannelloni dessert of coconut cake, passion fruit, mango and mint salsa, Guava ginger and yoghurt sorbet, Malibu and lemongrass jellies, litchi granité and Pina Colada foam.
La Colombe, one of Cape Town’s most well-loved and awarded restaurants, achieved an impressive 12th place in the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2010. Having moved up 26 places and into the hallowed Top 20, this bastion of contemporary French-meets-Asian fine dining thereby also clinched the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Africa and Middle East Award. Winner of both Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year in the Prudential Eat Out Awards 2008, and again honoured with the prestigious Restaurant of the Year title in 2009, La Colombe has also achieved the highest three star rating in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 issue of the acclaimed Rossouw’s Restaurants guide.
Scot Kirton was appointed as Executive Chef of La Colombe in September 2010 and has since made his mark at this award-winning restaurant by securing an honourable Top 100 position in the San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2011. With only 3 South African restaurants achieving a Top 100 rank in the world in 2011, the recent achievement is a tremendous feat for Scot.
Scot’s philosophy and approach to food lies in the pursuit of excellence and perfection he says, “Every dish can always be improved. The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavours and classical elegance are the essence of my inspiration and passion for food.” With impeccable service and an award-winning wine list, La Colombe is a truly unforgettable experience!
La Colombe was proudly placed 7th in the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards for 2012.