Annual Eat Out Awards and preview of Eat Out 2014 issue!

You might have noticed some very excited foodies, personalities, chefs and people from the restaurant industry, all tweeting about the annual #EatOutAwards on Sunday night. All 500 of them us!

Eat Out publishes an annual magazine, and also had a great restaurant directory website!

Eat Out has also gone through a complete make-over, and the new look is absolutely stunning and fresh! They launched their TV ad campaign on the evening which will definitely give a few people a shock, and give people something to talk about (not yet available online), and the website will also undergo a complete make-over, which will launch on 25 November 2013. On the same day, the new issue of Eat Out 2014 will also hit the shelves!

In stead of just re-hashing the Press Release, I thought I would give you a blow-by-blow visual account of the magic that happened at this event! All in anticipation for the actual magazine (I call it my ‘Restaurant Bible’) launching on 25 November.

1. The venue, The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront, was absolutely stunning, and stylishly styled;

2. In preperation for the Bread & Beer starter, cow-moulded-butter-heads made a grand entrance;

3. The program for the evening started very early already, all to make time for all the beautiful dishes, and of course, all the awards;

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4. The menu for the evening;

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5. Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly looked absolutely stunning, and kept everyone wanting more (and wanting to be judges next year, as they explained their dining experiences…!)

6. The “Spicy curly kale, smoked tofu and lamb kaaings” starter by George Jardine, Jordan Restaurant, was de-li-cious!;

7. The 1st main course from Jackie Cameron at Hartford House, was an absolute winner, with everyone raving about it!

It was funny how everyone talked about ways of trying to ‘steal’ the handmade plates (yes, they made 500 plates just for the Eat Out Awards!), only to receive it as a farewell gift afterwards :-). This main course was “Smoked mussel soup with fond seaside memories”;

8. Awards time!

9. The 2nd main course!

It was a bit confusing, as it included massive plates of different dishes (including the pumpkin vegetable pots in the picture below!), that guests had to pass around. But still delicious! It was made by Chris Erasmus from Pierneef à La Motte;

10. More Awards!

The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Paarl Media: Michael Olivier

Eat Out TASTE Bursary: Amanda Manyatshe

11. Dessert time!!! All 500 guests received 2 types of desserts.

From David Higgs and Minette Smith from Five Hundred Restaurant; Ginger beer gel, yogurt crumble, meringue sticks, compressed apple, yoghurt-and-apple mousse and verbena custard.

And from Peter Tempelhoff and Amy Young from The Greenhouse, the most delicious “little jar of citrus caramel, ginger white soy panna cotta, apple yuzu jelly, hazelnut crunch, lemon crème fraîche parfait and yuzu sherbet”

12. Final set of Awards!

Do yourself a favour and watch the little short video’s of each of the Top 10 contestants, and it’s really inspiring and a great look into their (brilliant) minds!

The Top 10 restaurants for 2013:

1. The Test Kitchen

2. Five Hundred

3. Rust en Vrede 4. The Greenhouse 5. Hartford House 6. Jordan Restaurant 7. Overture 8. Camphors at Vergelegen 9. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français 10. Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year: David Higgs, Five Hundred

13. And so the evening ended, after a fun-filled, and food-filled evening, with “edible trees” from Tanja Kruger at Makaron;

14. Eat Out also teased us with their new-look cover, with Luke Dale Roberts looking ultra-sexy, even with a fish draping over his shoulder!

The 2014 issue of Eat Out hits the shelves on 25 November, and I’ll definitely be getting my copy in order to plan my (orgasmic) dining experience in 2014!

And if you still haven’t had enough, and want to know and read more, here’s the official press release:

Where you must dine this year!

SA’s top 10 restaurants shine at prestigious awards ceremony

Waves of excitement – and probably a few of shock – went through the restaurant and foodie community as the champions of the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards ­were announced on 10 November at an elegant gala ceremony held at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The awards celebrate South Africa’s talent and culinary distinction, culminating in 2013’s Top 10 Restaurants and the S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year.

The biggest news of the night was the announcement that much-lauded chef David Higgs of Five Hundred in Johannesburg was named the 2013 Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year. The last time David received an Eat Out award was in 2010. Heading up the kitchen at Stellenbosch’s Rust en Vrede at the time, he walked away with the Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and the Service Excellence awards. This year, David’s new Johannesburg restaurant, Five Hundred, landed an impressive second position on the highly contested Top 10 list.

For the second year in a row, South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year is The Test Kitchen in Cape Town.

This year also saw the introduction of two new accolades as part of the restaurant awards. The Rising Star Award, won by Vanessa Marx of Dear Me in Cape Town, recognises promising talent in the industry; and the Wine Service Award, won by Joakim Hansi Blackadder of Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch, acknowledges the top sommelier in the country.

Herewith the complete list of 2013 winners:

Category Winner
S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year David Higgs, Five Hundred
Restaurant of the Year The Test Kitchen
Top 10 Restaurants 2. Five Hundred

3. Rust en Vrede

4. The Greenhouse

5. Hartford House

6. Jordan Restaurant

7. Overture

8. Camphors at Vergelegen

9. The Tasting Room

10. Pierneef à La Motte

Service Excellence Award Rust en Vrede
Rising Star Vanessa Marx, Dear Me
Wine Service Award Joakim Hansi Blackadder, Rust en Vrede
Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award(in association with Paarl Media) Michael Olivier
Best Asian Restaurant Kitima
Best Italian Restaurant Burrata
Jacobsdal Best Steakhouse Carne SA
Best Country-Style Restaurant Towerbosch
Best Bistro The Leopard
Boschendal Style Award The Pot Luck Club
Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary Amanda Manyatshe

Also revealed at the ceremony were the four anonymous South African-based judges, who worked alongside Eat Out editor and chief judge Abigail Donnelly to determine the winners: Garth Stroebel, Liam Tomlin and Andy Fenner (for the Top 10) and Jenny Morris (for the “Best of” winners).

Says Donnelly, “To work with these respected people was a huge honour. Their honesty and enthusiasm was a fantastic support during the judging process. With their input, we have a phenomenal new Top 10.”

Aileen Lamb, General Manager of Eat Out, echoes Donnelly’s sentiments, “Our new judging process has been a phenomenal success. For the first time in Eat Out’s history we have audited results and a completely transparent process. And yes, an amazing group of winners!”

Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing, Scripps EMEA says, “This is the third year that Food Network has aligned with Eat Out as the joint title sponsor of the Restaurant Awards, because the awards are vital in supporting and showcasing home-grown talent, local restaurants and the very best of South African cuisine.  Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners tonight – we’re very proud to be a part of this prestigious foodie event.”

Coleen Goodman, Marketing & Communications Manager, DStv says, “We, as a business, pride ourselves on being part of such a phenomenal event, and we would like to congratulate the winners on raising the culinary bar to create memorable experiences for all foodies.”

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