Placing at number 37, FYN joins the ranks of previous veritable rockstars of the restaurant world. That it has yet again been listed by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in its brief three-and-a-half-year lifespan, is nothing short of remarkable. For many chefs in this climate, just keeping the doors open has been a challenge, let alone shining brighter than the tens of thousands of outstanding culinary establishments the world over.
It was April as Peter was visiting his mum and dad in Durban that a call from his team came in, they’d spotted an email suspiciously headed “The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022” succeeded by a confidentiality warning. Surreal doesn’t begin to describe the moments that followed. “We had to read it and re read it a few times, sending it to each other to pick it apart and ensure there was no mistake,” he recalls. Beyond the honour of making the cut at all, their scepticism was rooted in their 2021 ranking by the same body when they made the 51 to 100 list. But it was true, FYN appeared to have jumped from 92 to 37 within the top 50 in just a year.