The glamorous Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards ceremony was held at the Westin Grand in Cape Town on Sunday, 22 November. It was a thrilling affair as Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly and Mark Bayly announced the Prudential Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants as well as the winners of the Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year titles for 2009. And they are.. Clockwise from top left: La Calombe, Chantel Dartnall, Joy Mavi and Rust en Vrede.
PRUDENTIAL EAT OUT RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR Luke Dale-Roberts La Colombe
Constantia Uitsig, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town (021 794 2390)
PRUDENTIAL EAT OUT CHEF OF THE YEAR Chantel Dartnall Mosaic Restaurant
The Orient Boutique Hotel, Francolin Conservation Area, Elandsfontein, Crocodile River Valley, Pretoria (012 371 2902/3/4)
ABIGAIL DONNELLYis Eat Out’s editor and food editor of Woolworths TASTE. Her accolades include winning the Galliova Award for Best Food Writer four times, including in 2008. She loves not only writing about food but lives it and dreams about it too. She’s forever finding new places to eat and discussing menu combinations with chefs. She spends her free time with her husband (who makes the best risotto ever) and shares her passion with her two boys: Jack, 7, who makes the best scambled eggs, and Matthew, 19 months, who just loves eating it all.
PETER GOFFE-WOOD has been a chef for more than 20 years and worked for several award-winning restaurants in London. He opened La Couronne Hotel & Winery in Franschhoek, and currently owns PGW eat, a food consultancy firm, and holds the Kitchen Cowboys cooking workshops. He is the author of two books and the chef ambassador of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI). firstname.lastname@example.org
ARNOLD TANZER is the owner of Food on the Move, a food consultancy. He’s also vice president of the South African Chefs Association and continental director on behalf of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies for Africa and the Middle East. In 2005 he represented South Africa at the Bocuse D’Or, and he was the Sunday Times chef of the year 2008. Arnold is the proud dad of two kids and a couple of labradors, and the fortunate husband of the gorgeous Marion.
EAT OUT REVIEW TEAM 2009
Eat Out 2009 Magazine Review Team
(AK) is a foodie especially known for her Indian cooking classes. When she’s not instructing and enlightening the public in the kitchen, she writes about food, trains chefs and consults to the hospitality industry.
(AB) has moved between the restaurant and food-writing industries for 15 years. Apart from making and eating delicious items, she is interested in food’s connection to broader issues; from the bizarre ways technology morphs our diets, to how our childhood eating patterns affect our lives.
Bernadette le Roux
(BlR) is a food writer and stylist for various titles around the world. She is also an award-winning cookbook author and part owner of Café Roux in Noordhoek, Cape Town. Nothing impresses her more than seasonal ingredients used in uncomplicated, everyday dishes.
(BT) is an independent writer, researcher, farmhand and food lover. She divides her time between Joburg and a farm cottage at the foot of a mountain near the Drakensberg. When not doing real work, she can be found at any of a number of her favourite eateries.
(BC) believes life is too short to eat anything that is not delicious, fresh and fabulous. She also thinks, perhaps rightly so, that people with a passion for food are the best in the world.
(CL) hosts Algoa FM’s midday to 3pm radio show, The Lunch Box, including the 15-minute programme “Charl Cooks”, which is now in its seventh year. He also writes the “Charl Kook” column in Die Burger and offers cooking demos and classes.
(CP) is a freelance writer for several South African food, travel and lifestyle magazines. When travelling, she loves eating where the locals eat and is always eager to try cooking or ordering something new.
(CK) is a lifestyle journalist who probably loves good food a bit more than she should. Ciska spends a fair amount of her time staking out restaurants and trying new eateries in the Lowveld.
Clifford and Maryke Roberts
(C&MR) have honed their skills writing about the good life for publications such as WINE and Good Taste. They share a passion for finding new and interesting restaurants in the Helderberg and Overberg areas.
(CV), previously the owner of the popular Oak & Vigne Café in Greyton, enjoys the best of both worlds: a few days a week he’s in Cape Town doing “research” in trendy coffee shops, and for the rest of the time he’s in Greyton tending to the alpacas, donkeys and Italian spinone on his farm.
Diane de Beer
(DdB) is a seasoned journalist who covers the arts in Pretoria and Johannesburg for Independent Newspapers. She writes a weekly food and restaurant column, and about anything book related, for the Pretoria News.
(FM) started out as a news journalist, covering stories from operating theatres to shipwrecks before falling into wine writing. The editor of WINE magazine for eight years, Fiona is now an international wine judge and freelance writer.
(FF) is known for his contemporary and quirky approach to the country’s rich food culture. Whether it’s beetroot and biltong mielie risotto or innovative cheese sushi, Francois contributes to the appreciation of South African cuisine with near-evangelical enthusiasm.
(FC) shares his love of food and wine with the readers of the Sunday Tribune every week. He relishes good cooking and good company, and one of the highlights of his year was eating his way through East London for Eat Out.
(GU) is a freelance photographer and journalist who writes profiles and does portraiture for magazines. A self-confessed chocoholic, he believes that food is the essential ingredient to any lasting memory, even if it’s eating dry biscuits on a mountain with a friend.
(GH) is the wine and food editor of Habitat and contributes lifestyle features to many local publications. He is also a columnist for the Cape Times, Business Day, Wine Tourism News and wine.co.za. When he’s not in Cape Town, you’ll find him reporting from exotic gourmet destinations.
(GL) regularly contributes to Country Life and writes for Wine Tourism News and the annual Wine Tourism Handbook. His background in film distribution and marketing has seen him eating in film capitals from Cannes to California.
(HF) has cooked professionally for years and the passion continues. He now teaches at the University of Pretoria, writes for Business Day and the Pretoria News, and embraces any opportunity to eat, drink and celebrate life with friends.
(JW) is a food journalist who has been writing about restaurants for over 25 years. She ascribes her love of good food to her mother and grandfather, who taught her to try everything at least once.
(JF) lives in Prince Albert in the Karoo and recently launched African Relish, a tourist-focused recreational cooking school aimed at passionate foodies who want to escape the humdrum life and discover our rich cultural cuisine. He is on a mission to encourage the propagation of heirloom vegetables. Innovative food ideas and big, generous flavours define his approach.
(KH) is a veteran food and wine writer who contributes to the likes of Dine, and is a one-time features editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine. She’s currently the editor of the South African Chef’s Association’s Chef! magazine.
Kobus van der Merwe
(KvdM) was web editor of eatout.co.za before heading off to the West Coast to pursue his passion – cooking. He is now at the helm of the Oep vi Koep tea garden in Paternoster.
(LM) is a regular contributor to Fodor’s Travel Guides and Africa Geographic. She has travelled extensively since the age of seven, which has made her a discerning eat-outer.
Marana Brand van Hulsteyn
(MB) is a seasoned journalist who writes about anything from food and lifestyle to crime stories. She’s currently training members of small community-based organisations in basic life skills in Limpopo. On the food front, quality fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation make her tummy rumble.
(MP) says it was her love of good food that inspired her to train as a chef. Nowadays she indulges her passion by catering for selected clients and presenting cookery classes for hobby cooks.
Marlene van Eeden
(MvE) is a freelance journalist, food writer and sometimes stylist that ‘retired’ to Hermanus seven years ago. Seeing that eating out is a favourite pastime, she thought she’d know all the food haunts in her home town by now but she found more than a few surprises this year as she ate her way through town for Eat Out 2010.
(MM) loves eating: from mushroom porridge in Seoul to milk straight from the coconut in Sao Paulo. She writes for Marie Claire, Elle Deco, Fairlady and Obrigado, and her book, The Whole Food Almanac (Sunbird), was published in 2008.
(PF) is an entertainment journalist who’s been in the industry for more than 40 years. Currently working as a freelance writer and publicist, he says eating out is still, as always, a passion of unconfined proportions for him.
(RF) is a qualified chef and the food and features writer for House and Leisure magazine. She considers a great meal, a glass of quality wine, good company and a decent soundtrack some of life’s greatest pleasures.
(RH) is a freelance journalist and seafood fanatic who’s eaten crustaceans from Patagonia to Portland. Since he eats far too much airline food, he was more than happy to tackle some restaurants on terra firma.
(RD) lives for his food fix, anytime, anywhere. He spends his life exploring his passions – friends, travel and, most of all, food.
(SJ) has always loved dining out but only began writing about her love for food, theatre and art when she joined The Natal Witness four years ago. Now a freelance journalist, she continues to write for various print lifestyle publications, as well as entertainment website www.goingplaces.co.za.
(TS) is editor of Stuff magazine and a columnist for The Times, and has written on food for the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times and GQ. He was listed in GQ’s top 30 men in media and the M&G’s 300 influential young South Africans in 2009.
(TG) is a freelance journalist who writes about entertainment, restaurants and food. With a wine diploma under her belt, she believes being an educated drunk is far more civilised.
(VS) is a lifestyle and food journalist. She relishes the opportunity to taste her way through Cape Town’s best restaurants, enjoying everything from five-course dégustation menus to unpretentious comfort food such as fish and chips.
(XZ) is a media-liaison officer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After a stressful day at the office, you’ll find her either enjoying a good cup (or two) of cappuccino or knocking back a cosmopolitan at her favourite haunt.