The Test Kitchen has won the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at an event that took place at the SunExhibits Centre at GrandWest, Cape Town.
Scot Kirton of La Colombe won the coveted title of Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year.
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 walked away with the Boschendal Style Award.
Three judges – Siba Mtongana, Chefs Jackie Cameron and Benny Masekwameng joined chief judge Abigail Donnelly to decide on the winners.