Restaurant of the Year Winner - Gregory Czarnecki of Waterkloof
It moved two places up from number three in the top 10 last year. “We cook for pleasure and we cook to fulfil our passion and to get recognised for it is an amazing feeling. I am truly proud of the team and what they were able to achieve. It’s just incredible,” said triumphant Chef Gregory Czarnecki.
The 2018 Eat Out
S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Chef of the Year is Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat. No stranger to these awards, he was named the Eat Out
Rising Star in 2014 and was chosen as a champion by the other nominated chefs to win the 2017 Eat Out
Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award.
The Eat Out
Diners Club Service Excellence Award went to The Test Kitchen. Moses Magwaza, sommelier at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, was named the winner of the Eat Out
Wine Service Award for the second year running.
Newcomer Saint was recognised with the Eat Out VISI
Style Award, while Janse & Co was the recipient of the Eat Out
Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Germain Lehodey received the Eat Out
John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service.
The winning restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by Margot Janse, who dined around the country unannounced. Although the winners have been announced, the panel will remain anonymous. This allows judges to remain on the panel to ensure consistency from year to year.
Margot Janse will remain at the helm of judging for the restaurant awards, as she takes up the position of chief judge. “I am a chef at heart and know what it takes to make a restaurant unique and successful. I understand the pressures of maintaining and exceeding expectations. It has been my absolute honour to convene the judges this year, and I am looking forward to becoming Eat Out
’s chief judge,” said Janse.
The chefs at the 30 nominated restaurants were given the opportunity to vote for a champion chef amongst their peers. In a first-ever tie, two chefs share this award, receiving admiration in equal measure from the nominees. The winners of the Eat Out
Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award are Chris Erasmus of Foliage and Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia.
Abigail Donnelly was honoured with the Eat Out
Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award. The former editor of Eat Out
, she was recognised for her contribution to the industry and the brand over the last decade.
The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal received the Eat Out
Woolworths Sustainability Award in recognition of its commitment to implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices. The winner was selected by a separate panel of judges, consisting of Sonia Mountford of Eategrity, Karen Welter of the Longtable Project, and Pavitray Pillay of WWF-Sassi.
Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said, “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all the 2018 nominees and winners. We’re thrilled to recognise South Africa’s esteemed industry stars, and encourage the public to go out and try these phenomenal restaurants.”
The winners of 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards are:Eat Out
S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Kobus van der Merwe of WolfgatEat Out
Restaurant of the Year: The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Top 10 restaurants:
1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof
2. The Test Kitchen
3. La Colombe
5. La Petite Colombe
6. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
8. Camphors at Vergelegen
9. Jardine Restaurant
10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Restaurants ranked from 11–20:
11. Fermier Restaurant
12. Jordan Restaurant
14. Le Coin Français
15. The Chefs' Table
16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison
17. La Tête
19. The Shortmarket Club
20. The Pot Luck Club Eat Out
Diners Club Service Excellence Award: The Test KitchenEat Out
Nederburg Rising Star: Candice Philip of GreiEat Out
Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year: Janse & CoEat Out
Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award: Chris Erasmus of Foliage and Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau ConstantiaEat Out
Wine Service Award: Moses Magwaza of Restaurant Mosaic at The OrientEat Out
John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Germain LehodeyEat Out
Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Abigail DonnellyEat Out
Woolworths Sustainability Award: The Werf Restaurant at BoschendalEat Out
VISI Style Award: Saint