The Sunday lunch of the year set the scene for the announcement of South Africa’s top culinary talent at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.
The Test Kitchen did it again, taking top honours among South African Restaurants as the Restaurant of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Scot Kirton of La Colombe won the coveted title of Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year. Guests were also treated to one of his signature dishes at the awards celebration, which was held at the SunExhibits Centre at GrandWest in Cape Town on Sunday, 15 November.
Franschhoek-based restaurant The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français was recognised for maintaining the highest level of service with the Service Excellence Award for the second year running. The winner of the Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by associate sponsor Novus Holdings, was grande dame of hospitality, the late Liz McGrath.
The Nederburg Rising Star Award went to Carmen Muller of The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild in Franschhoek for her promising talent, and the Wine Service Award for a top sommelier was won by Lloyd Jusa of Five Hundred at The Saxon in Johannesburg. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort received the Boschendal Style Award.
Below is the detailed 2015 winners’ list:
Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year
Restaurant of the Year
The Test Kitchen
Top 10 Restaurants
1: The Test Kitchen
2. La Colombe
3. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
4. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
5. Five Hundred at The Saxon
6. The Restaurant at Waterkloof
7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient 8. Terroir
9. The Pot Luck Club
Restaurant Service Excellence Award
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
Nederburg Rising Star
Carmen Muller of The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild
Wine Service Award
Lloyd Jusa of Five Hundred at The Saxon
Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Novus Holdings)
Boschendal Style Award
Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary
Charlton de Ruiter
The judges who worked alongside Eat Out Editor and Chief Judge Abigail Donnelly to determine the winners this year were Jackie Cameron, the award-winning former chef at Hartford House and owner of the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine; Benny Masekwameng, MasterChef SA judge and professional chef; and Siba Mtongana, award-winning food writer and celebrity TV chef.
It’s been a phenomenal judging season with seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy fantastic food. South African dining really is of a world-class quality – I am honoured and humbled to have experienced such excellence this year.
Abigail Donnelly | Eat Out Editor & Chief Judge
Claudia Walters, Marketing Communications Manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles commented: “At Mercedes-Benz we continuously celebrate our brand claim of the best or nothing. With this group of culinary stars, we are doing just that – recognising true excellence in South Africa’s restaurant industry, which perfectly aligns with the Mercedes-Benz brand essence of constantly being at the pinnacle of excellence. Congratulations to all the deserving winners.”
SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide seventeen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple media platforms.
The revamped magazine launched in 2014 includes the Eat Out 500, a power list of great restaurants across South Africa, as voted by a panel of food and restaurant industry experts. In addition to the restaurant reviews, the dynamic format also features content on influential local foodies, trends and South Africa’s favourite restaurant dishes.
One of the cornerstones of the brand, the Eat Out Restaurant Awards celebrate the best of the South African restaurant industry. Held annually in November, the ceremony honours the country’s Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year, and further industry winners. The 2016 Eat Out magazine, filled with professional reviews and curated content on South Africa’s top 500 restaurants, will be on sale from Monday 16 November 2015 at major retailers for R49.90.
I will be interviewing Abigail Donnelly & Chef David Higgs On JoziStyle at Radio Today Johannesburg this Saturday – so tune in!