The restaurant industry are judged by a panel that includes Eat Out's award-winning editor Abigail Donnelly as well as restaurateur Dario De Angeli, director of the SA Chefs Association, Arnold Tanzer, and chef Peter Goffe-Wood.
La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig in Cape Town walked away with two prestigious 2008 Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards: Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year to chef Luke Dale-Roberts.
"La Colombe excelled on all levels of an award-winning restaurant. It's the complete and ultimate dining experience. Luke Dale-Roberts cooks the finest cuisine using the very best ingredients and has superb technical skills, ambition and individuality," said Donnelly of the achievement
The 2008 Prudential Eat Out Service Award went to Terroir in Stellenbosch.
"All the judges experienced a great attitude from the service staff at Terroir – from the reservation and menu knowledge to matching wine with food,” explained Donnelly.
The Prudential Eat Out Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Frank Swainston, former chef patron at Constantia Uitsig.
The 2008 Prudential Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants in order from one to 10 are:
1. La Colombe
Chef Luke Dale-Roberts
(Cape Town, CBD)
Chef George Jardine
Chef Michael Broughton
Chef Bertus Basson
5. Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient
Chef Chantel Dartnall
6. Rust en Vrede
Chef David Higgs
7. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
Chef Margot Janse
8. Roots at the Forum Homini Boutique Hotel
Chef Philippe Wagenfuhrer
Chef Laurent Deslandes
10. Hartford House
(Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands)
Chef Jackie Cameron