In another culinary first for Africa, FYN restaurant has been selected to join Relais & Châteaux, the prestigious global association of 5-star hotels and two- or three-star Michelin restaurants recognised for their exceptional cuisine and hospitality and their honouring of local heritage and the environment.
FYN’s selection crowns a host of recent accolades for the Cape Town restaurant, further securing its place in the upper echelon of the global culinary scene. In June, FYN was presented with The World’s 50 Best’s coveted Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award, having also been placed, for the third consecutive year since its opening in 2018, on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Top 100 list.
Relais & Châteaux membership is considered a mark of excellence internationally. It’s a commendation especially valued by Tempelhoff, a Relais & Châteaux World Culinary Council member. He shares this achievement in partnership with FYN’s culinary director, chef Ashley Moss, service and beverage director Jennifer Hugé, CEO Paul Bruce-Brand, and a talented kitchen and hospitality team.
“Becoming the first stand-alone Relais & Châteaux restaurant in South Africa and the African continent is a very proud moment for my team and me,” says Tempelhoff. “Having been involved in the association for nearly 20 years, FYN's becoming a new member feels natural. We share the same commitments to quality, excellence, sustainability, community and integrity, and it is an honour and pleasure to share these ideals with my team and our guests.”
FYN is one of only eight new members worldwide to Relais & Châteaux, whose president, Laurent Gardinier, comments, “I am delighted that these eight new properties have become part of Relais & Châteaux. With each of these members, we share a passion for authenticity and terroir, for they are committed to showcasing, sharing, and preserving the culinary, cultural, architectural, and natural heritage of their regions.”
FYN takes its place in the Relais & Châteaux family alongside restaurants SAGA in New York and Providence in Los Angeles, which both have two Michelin stars, as well as several world-renowned hotels.