Hartford House: One of SA’s best

2009-02-12 00:00

Pietermaritzburg has been the home of a number of famous achievers in its time and now it’s come of age as a centre of culinary excellence.

The recently announced Prudential Eat Out Awards, listing the nation’s top 10 restaurants, included Mooi River’s Hartford House, where the resident chef is Pietermaritzburg’s Jackie Cameron, whose monthly column in The Witness’s My Life supplement is avidly scanned by “foodie” readers.

While the fact that Hartford is the only KZN restaurant featured in the top 10 is distinction enough, this accolade for the 26-year-old graduate of St John’s Diocesan School is magnified by the fact that there are thousands of restaurants eligible for inclusion in such an elite listing. This is the second time Hartford has found itself in the top 10.

According to owner Cheryl Goss, Cameron is also an exceptional teacher. Goss noted that several years ago, Cameron recruited two young women from the stables at Summerhill Stud (on which Hartford is located) where they were employed as casual cleaners and swiftly trained them in various aspects of cooking.

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