Tonight, at a lavish award ceremony in the grand ballroom at the Westin Cape Town, we announced the 10 best restaurants in South Africa, along with a host of other winners.
“It has been a dazzling year of fun dining,” said Eat Out editor and judge Abigail Donnelly. “I have seen local chefs prepare astonishing, world-class food, and the top restaurants in South Africa have shown tremendous talent, continuing to push the boundaries in terms of creativity, confidence and full-on flavour.”
International judge Bruce Palling was similarly impressed by the standard of cuisine of offer in this country. The UK-based food columnist, who writes for the Wall Street Journal Europe and is on the judging panel of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, praised the range and dedication of South Africa’s leading chefs. “Some of the chefs would rank in my personal top twenty anywhere in the world.”
Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2012 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards:
Restaurant of the Year
The Test Kitchen
Service Excellence Award
Rust en Vrede
The Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award brought to you by Paarl Media
Alicia Wilkinson of Silwood School of Cookery
9th Avenue Bistro
Best Country-style Restaurant
Fresh at Paul Cluver Wine Estate
Best Asian Restaurant
Best Italian restaurant
Café del Sol
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Want to know how the winners were chosen? Find out all about the judging process here.