The Top 10 finalists in the Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 #SteakChamps

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is again hunting down South Africa’s greatest steakhouse to find the national champion for 2017!

The first round has been completed. This was a public voting phase to identify South Africa’s favourite steakhouses, and the 10 that gathered the most votes have now made it through to the judging round.

The Top Ten 2017 Finalists in alphabetical order are:
Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom – North West
HQ, Cape Town – Western Cape
Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu Natal
Karoo Cattle and Land – Irene, Pretoria – Gauteng
Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks – KwaZulu Natal (2015 Champion)
Rare Grill, Kenilworth – Western Cape
The Cricketer, East London – Eastern Cape
The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria – Gauteng
The Grumpy Griller, George – Southern Cape
The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg – Gauteng (2013, 2014 and 2016 Champion)

This judges’ round during June is a steak show-down during which a team of expert judges, led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known MasterChef judge, visit the Top 10 to test the field. The steakhouses don’t know when the judges will arrive and each will be assessed on a score-sheet that’s designed to separate the good from the great – looking at the total experience but focussing on the quality of the steak.

The big reveal will take place at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 18 July at noon at the current Steakhouse Champion, The Local Grill in Parktown North.

Steakhouse Championships Awards and Prizes
In addition to Awards for the Top Ten Steakhouses and the Trophy for The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion for 2017, this year there will be further Special Awards, including but not limited to: Newcomer of the Year, Chain Steakhouse of the Year and Steakhouse Legend of the Year.

The 2017 Champion will also receive one 12-bottle case of The Wolftrap wine each week for the duration of the Championship year and will host the following year’s Championships Awards ceremony.

Steak is a South African passion and the steakhouse is our favourite national restaurant. The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is now in its fifth year. Previous winners are: Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks (2015); The Local Grill, Parktown North (2013, 2014 and 2016)

How The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships Works

May: Public Voting Round and Weekly Prizes

During the month of May anyone can vote for their favourite steakhouse, via Facebook, and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes of The Wolftrap wines as well as Braai Hampers. All voting takes place on www.facebook.com/SteakHunter. Each voter is allowed only one vote for one restaurant, during the month of May. A list of steakhouses is available on the Facebook voting page. Should a favourite steakhouse not be on the list, it can be added to the list if the steakhouse complies with the competition’s specifications.

June: Judges Round

Then, in June, the Top 10 steakhouses, that were the highest placed on the leader-board, move into the second round of the competition. These 10 finalists are visited unannounced and scored according to a set of strict criteria, by a team of expert judges, led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known MasterChef judge; to identify which steakhouse truly is the Champion.

July: Awards Ceremony

The Awards ceremony on 18th July will be hosted by last year’s winner, The Local Grill, Parktown North, Gauteng.

The Judges:

Head judge is Pete Goffe-Wood, assisted by regional experts.

What defines a Steakhouse?

A steakhouse is a restaurant that specialises in grilled beef and that has a menu solely based on steak or with a clear and dominant section of the menu dedicated to steak and grills. It should be clear that steak is the primary focus of the restaurant.

What are the judges looking for?

Judges rate the steakhouses according to a wide-ranging, standardised score-sheet which examines all aspects of dining out and encompasses the total experience, but focusses on the quality of the steak and the side dishes that are part of a steak meal.

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