The Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards applaud South Africa's top chefs and restaurateurs.
By recognising the top talent in South Africa the awards seek to identify and highlight culinary promise and to create more awareness for South Africa in fine food. This year 20 nominees have been selected from over 1000 countrywide restaurants to compete in the 2008 Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards for South Africa’s most coveted culinary accolades.
The list, which represents the best of the local restaurant scene, features eight first-time entries, namely, Bizerca
, Food Barn
, Hartford House
, Rust en Vrede
and The Saxon.
Convenor and Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly joined a panel of highly respected judges that included restaurateur Dario De’Angeli, Arnold Tanzer, director of the SA Chefs Association, and food alchemist Pete Goffe-Wood.
“Great hospitality is firstly about caring and then service. This year it became clear that menus have been simplified, with modern takes on old classics proving popular.” said Donnelly.
The Eat Out Restaurant of the Year, Chef of The Year and Top 10 Restaurants for 2008 will be revealed and celebrated at the Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards ceremony on 30 November 2008 at the Westin Grand in Cape Town.
The 2009 edition of Eat Out Magazine will also be launched at the event and will feature the winning restaurants and chefs, as well as provide a guide to South Africa’s 1 000 best restaurants.
The 20 nominated restaurants in the 2008 Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards are:
9th Avenue Bistro
Bread & Wine
Rust en Vrede
Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais
Last year's winners were:
Chef of the Year 2007:George Jardine of Jardine (Cape Town)
Restaurant of the Year 2007:Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais (Franschoek)
Service Award for 2007:Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais (Franschoek)
Who would get your vote for 2008?