2019 SASSI Trailblazer chefs

Six South African chefs have been awarded WWF-SASSI Trailblazer status for their commitment to the use of sustainable seafood.

The annual WWF-SASSI Trailblazer Awards 2019, held last night at Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront, recognised and celebrated six chefs for actively championing sustainable seafood practices in their restaurants.

The WWF-SASSI Trailblazers of 2019 are:

Carolize Coetzee, Tokara Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Gustaaf Boshoff, The Green Goose Eatery (Stellenbosch)

Guy Bennett, Gigi Rooftop (Cape City Bowl)

Kyle Knight, The Shop (Sea Point)

Matt Manning, Grub & Vine (Cape City Bowl)

Nicole Loubser, GÅTE (Stellenbosch)

The chefs were chosen on the basis of the following factors:

  • The restaurant’s seafood sustainability policy.
  • The effectiveness of their communication of their seafood sustainability practices to their customers, employees and suppliers.
  • Their level of engagement in communicating their seafood sustainability practices to a wider audience.
  • The ‘Trailblazer factor’ – chefs and restaurants going the extra mile in promoting and supporting seafood sustainability.

Commenting on the awards Pavs Pillay, manager of the SASSI Programme with WWF-SA, said;  “Chefs serve as the gatekeepers for the food and hospitality industry and so play a critical role in leading market forces, influencing popular taste and promoting ocean-friendly seafood. 

Our partnership with them is inspired by a commitment to help restore our overexploited seafood species. The chefs we recognise have gone the extra mile in advocating the sustainability message. Congratulations to all the winners!”

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