The list of nominees contains an exciting mix of new contenders as well as restaurants that have been celebrated for their excellence in the past.
The nominees for this year’s awards are: 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.
The winners of the coveted Restaurant of the Year, San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Grolsch Service Excellence Award and the Top 10 Restaurants will be selected from these 20 restaurants and announced at the annual awards ceremony in Cape Town on 16 November.
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 andBest 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.
Aileen Lamb, General Manager of Eat Out, said: “At Eat Out we go to great lengths to create a brand that speaks of excellence, transparency and credibility. To this end, the judges’ scorecards are independently audited, and we will make the final scorecards and feedback available to the nominees.”
Says Donnelly, "I am very excited about this year's list of nominees. We've seen a number of significant and newsworthy changes at the country's top restaurants over the past year, which means that - besides the excellent restaurants we've celebrated before - there are some very deserving newcomers to the list. We look forward to honouring these phenomenal restaurants for their stellar work at this year's event, which is going to be the biggest awards ceremony we've hosted yet!"
Tickets for the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards are available via Webtickets. For enquiries contact Julie Potgieter.
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About Eat Out
As 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 sixteen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple media platforms.
The revamped magazine, launched in 2014, included the Eat Out 500, a power list of great restaurants across South Africa, as voted by a panel of food and restaurant industry experts. For the 2015 issue, the nominations for the Eat Out 500 were opened to the public, where after a new panel of reviewers were asked to rate and review the candidates to arrive at the Eat Out 500. In addition to the professional restaurant reviews, the next edition of the magazine will also feature content on current food trends, gourmet hot spots and more.
One of the cornerstones of the brand, the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards celebrate the best of the South African restaurant industry. Held on Sunday 16 November 2014, the ceremony will honour the country’s Top 10 Restaurants, Chef of the Year and winners in a host of other categories. Mercedes-Benz is the title sponsor for the first time this year.
At the centre of the brand is the website, which is updated daily and supported by a newsletter, mobile app and strong social media presence, including Twitter and Facebook.
The 2015 Eat Out magazine, filled with professional reviews and curated content on South Africa’s top 500 restaurants, will go on sale in November after the awards.