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Jean-Pierre Rossouw

Publisher of Platter’s South African Wine Guide and Rossouw’s Restaurants online

Jean-Pierre Rossouw is the Publisher of Platter’s South African Wine Guide and Rossouw’s Restaurants online, both by Diners Club – as well as the fun-loving title Everything You Wanted to Know About Wine but Were Too Afraid to Ask. 

Platter’s Wine Guide is the leading authority on South African wine, now approaching its 40th year, and always an international best-seller. Jean-Pierre is only its third publisher and is taking it into new markets, also through digital enhancements. 

Seeking reliable and incisive information about South African restaurants, Jean-Pierre launched Rossouw’s Restaurants Guide in 2004 and, as publisher and editor, grew it into the leading independent guide to dining out. The guide was frequently a bestseller on the retail shelves. Rossouw's Restaurants by Diners Club is now an online authority on restaurants pursuing the expression of South African cuisine. 

Jean-Pierre is also the convenor of the Diners Club Winelist of the Year Awards and has been a judge for the Southern African Academy of the San Pellegrino Top 50 Restaurants.

He has written a book on South African wine, published by Penguin called Tasting the Cape, as well as being regional chair for Phaidon’s international title Where to Eat Pizza. Writing about food and wine for over two decades, he was previously the Food and Wine Editor for Condé Nast House & Garden and Wine Columnist for the Cape Times newspaper; he has also been the restaurant columnist for Mail & Guardian and Business Day, as well as being a regular contributor to international magazine titles.