Best restaurants celebrate as Eat Out announces its winners.
Cape Town – the winners of the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards ¬– the most prestigious awards for the restaurant industry – were announced at an elegant gala ceremony held at The Westin in Cape Town last night. At this celebration of local talent and culinary distinction, 360 guests were treated to creations from award-winning chefs from around the country.
Restaurants are judged on stringent criteria, taking into consideration their food, service, ambience and other aspects of the eating out experience. This year’s nominees had to impress two judges: Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly and international judge Bruce Palling. Recommendations from Eat Out’s national panel of professional restaurant reviewers as well as its vocal online audience of 126 000 monthly users were also taken into account by the judges.
Margot Janse of The Tasting Room in Franschhoek took top honours with the Chef of the Year award, while The Test Kitchen received the coveted Restaurant of the Year award. Here are 2012’s long-awaited winners:
Chef of the Year: Margot Janse
Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen
Top 10 Restaurants
1. The Test Kitchen
2. The Tasting Room
3. Jordan Restaurant
5. Rust en Vrede
6. DW Eleven-13
7. La Colombe
8. The Greenhouse
10. Hartford House
Service Excellence Award: Rust en Vrede
Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Paarl Media): Alicia Wilkinson
Best Asian Restaurant: Saigon
Best Italian Restaurant: Café Del Sol
Best Steakhouse: Carne SA
Best Country-Style Restaurant: Fresh at Paul Cluver
Best Bistro: 9th Avenue Bistro
Boschendal Style Award (in association with Visi): Green House at Babylonstoren
TASTE Eat Out Bursary: Damien Stemmet
Donnelly says, “Congratulations to all our winners this year. Each restaurant that has been awarded has shown astonishing talent in a world-class restaurant. The Eat Out Awards are the culmination of a year-long mission to recognise the leaders in the industry for their passion, creativity and authenticity.”
Nick Thorogood, Senior Vice President: Content & Marketing of Scripps Networks Interactive EMEA says, “This is the second year that Food Network has aligned with Eat Out as the joint title sponsor of the Restaurant Awards, because the awards are vital in supporting and showcasing home-grown talent, local restaurants and the very best of South Africa’s culinary delights. Food Network is always on the lookout for South African talent, especially as we aim to produce more local content in the future.”
Simon Camerer, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of MultiChoice says, “All of the nominees and award winners should be very proud of this acknowledgement of their excellence. We are proud to be associated with the Eat Out Restaurant Awards and we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in making this a momentous occasion.”
To find out more, visit www.eatout.co.za.
For a full list of the winners click here http://www.eatout.co.za/News/Category/General/2562/The-winners-of-the-2012-Eat-Out-DStv-Food-Network-Restaurant-Awards and visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EatOutMag for photographs of the gala dinner. Follow us @Eat_Out on Twitter and search #eatoutawards for commentary from the night.
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At the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards on Sunday 25 November, guests were treated to a feast of culinary masterpieces prepared by Grant Cullingworth from The Westin Cape Town (canapés), Marthinus Ferreira from DW Eleven-13 (first course), Scot Kirton from La Colombe (second course), Bertus Basson from Overture (third course), and Vicky Gurovich from Planet Restaurant (fourth course).
About Eat Out:
Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide fourteen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple media platforms. The annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards celebrate the South African restaurant industry, honouring the country’s Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year and winners of a host of other categories. DStv and Food Network are the naming rights sponsors for the second year running.
At the centre of the brand is the website, www.eatout.co.za, which is supported by a weekly newsletter, iPhone application and social media. The annual Eat Out magazine, containing professional reviews and recommendations of over 1 000 of South Africa’s best restaurants, goes on sale in November every year.
About Food Network:
Food Network delivers a fresh approach to food programming and celebrates everything that is bold, fun and entertaining about the genre. It is not your typical ‘how to’ cooking channel.
The channel is available on the DStv platform, with whom Food Network has partnered for this year’s Eat Out Awards media sponsorship. DStv Premium and Compact subscribers can access the tantalising offering on Channel 175 with 24/7 incredible award-winning cooking shows, new culinary ideas and high-energy entertainment to inspire foodies and non-foodies alike.
Foodnetworktv.com is the 24/7 companion to the TV channel. Find daily TV listings, episode guides, chef biographies, recipes featured on air, blog posts and more. Recipes are organised by season, ingredient, chef, course, and cuisine, making meal planning easy.
Food Network is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), one of the leading developers of lifestyle content for the television and internet worldwide. Its sister brand in the US, Food Network, is one of the most popular networks on US television and www.foodnetwork.com is the leading food website in the US.
About Scripps Networks Interactive:
Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) is a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes Lifestyle Media, which comprises popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and country music network Great American Country; and Interactive Services, with leading online search and comparison shopping services bizrate and beso.
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Chef of the Year, Margot Janse of The Tasting Room Photographer: New Media
Restaurant of the Year, The Test Kitchen, Luke Dale-Roberts Photographer: New Media
Service Excellence Award, Rust en Vrede, John Shuttleworth and team Photographer: New Media