Eat Out magazine has released the nominees for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards few days ago with new contenders and restaurants that have been celebrated for their excellence in the past.
Bread & Wine, DW Eleven-13, Five Hundred, Jordan Restaurant, La Mouette, Makaron, Overture, Planet Restaurant, Restaurant Mosaic, Rust en Vrede, Terroir, The Greenhouse, The Kitchen at Maison, The Pot Luck Club, The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, The Tasting Room, The Test Kitchen, The White Room at Dear Me and Tokara are the nominees.
The awards ceremony will take place on 16 November in Cape Town and nominees will compete in the following categories: Restaurant of the Year, San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Grolsch Service Excellence Award and the Top 10 Restaurants.
Since its inception in 1998, the Eat Out Restaurant awards have grown in both size and stature, and it is considered South Africa’s most authoritative and glamorous gastronomic event to celebrate South Africa’s chefs, restaurants and the culinary industry.
The winners of the Best Steakhouse, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Country-style Restaurant and Best Everyday Eatery, as well as the winner of the Boschendal Style Award and Nederburg Rising Star Award, will also be honoured at the awards ceremony.
This year Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and judge for the annual restaurant awards, was supported by five anonymous judges, whose identities will be revealed on awards night. In keeping with feedback received from restaurants, chefs and the public, the winners were selected by a panel of South African judges with varied experience and backgrounds relating to the food and restaurant industry.
The judges have been eating at restaurants across the country to determine the nominees and each judge scored restaurants individually. The restaurants are scored on food, service and ambience, thus taking into account various aspects that make for an ideal dining experience.