11 February 2011

Eat Out Awards 2010

The Eat Out Awards are South Africa’s ‘Oscars’ of the food industry and give recognition to the country’s top restaurants and chefs.

Rust en Vrede chef, David Higgs. Rust en Vrede chef, David Higgs.

Most remarkable this year was that every establishment on the Top 10 list was filled with passion, but more importantly, integrity and sincerity. With 3 re-entries – Bosman’s, Aubergine and Hartford House – as well as Jordan Restaurant and DW 11-13 as 2 newcomers on the list, avid restaurant-goers are sure to welcome the new additions to SA’s elite culinary adventure - Abigail Donnelly, Editor Eat Out Magazine

The 2010 Eat Out Awards are a key event on the annual gourmet calendar, and this year the Top 10 restaurants brought some interesting results.

The Eat Out Awards take place at the end of each year and celebrate South Africa’s finest restaurants and chefs. The 2010 Eat Out Awards were held at the Westin Grand in Cape Town on November 28 and it was a glamorous affair with the country’s best chefs in attendance.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor of Eat Out Magazine, did the honours by announcing the Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants for 2010. Stellenbosch and the Cape winelands certainly walked off with the accolades but the Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands also had a showing.

The Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants:

Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch

Bosman’s Restaurant, Paarl

Terroir, Stellenbosch

DW Eleven-13, Johannesburg

Aubergine, Cape Town

Roots, the Cradle of Humankind

Overture, Stellenbosch

Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

The Eat Out Restaurant of the Year Award went to Rust en Vrede and chef David Higgs also walked off with the coveted title of Eat Out Chef of the Year. This exquisite establishment in the winelands was also lauded for top-class service and claimed the Eat Out Service Award as well.

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award went to Walter Ulz and his restaurant Linger Longer, a well-known establishment in Johannesburg that continues to please palates from around the world, as it has done for over 30 years.

The judges were looking for something special and, according to Abigail Donnelly, the Top 10 restaurants delivered the goods.

'Most remarkable this year was that every establishment on the Top 10 list was filled with passion, but more importantly, integrity and sincerity. With 3 re-entries – Bosman’s, Aubergine and Hartford House – as well as Jordan Restaurant and DW 11-13 as 2 newcomers on the list, avid restaurant-goers are sure to welcome the new additions to SA’s elite culinary adventure,' she said.