Eat Out has announced nominees for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Three judges – Chefs Jackie Cameron, Benny Masekwameng and Siba Mtongana – joined chief judge Abigail Donnelly in dining their way around the country to determine the nominees.
The nominees include: Camphors at Vergelegen, Chefs Warehouse, DW Eleven-13, Five Hundred, Foliage, Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort, Indochine, Jordan Restaurant, The Kitchen at Maison, La Colombe and Overture.
Other nominees comprise: The Pot Luck Club, The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Rust en Vrede, The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Terroir, The Test Kitchen and Tokara.
The Top 10 Restaurants and the winners of other coveted awards, including the San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Nederburg Rising Star, Boschendal Style Award, Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Novus Holdings), Wine Service, Service Excellence and a new Woolworths Sustainability Award will be announced at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards ceremony on 15 November at Mistico Equestrian Centre, near Paarl.
“This year the nominees amazed us with the scope of their imagination. In addition to pushing boundaries, chefs also told stories on the plate and made local ingredients the hero,” said Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and chief judge.
“This celebration of our country’s top produce and people will continue at the restaurant awards ceremony, set to be the best Sunday lunch of the year.”