Eat Out award’s nom-nom-inees

It’s almost time for the third annual Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards. On Sunday 10 November 2013, the crème de la crème of South Africa’s restaurant industry will gather at The Lookout at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront for the country’s most prestigious gastronomic event.

“This year we have definitely seen a bit of a shake up,” says Eat Out editor and chief judge Abigail Donnelly. “There are some new additions to the list, as well as the consistently great restaurants that continue to push the boundaries through innovation.” 

Some 20 nominees include establishments such as Bread & Wine, Five Hundred, The Tasting Room and the Test Kitchen (view the full list here). Some of the awards will be Restaurant of the Year, the Eat Out San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Service Excellence and the indispensable Top 10 Restaurants list.

VISI will be watching the Boschendal Style Award particularly closely – last year won by the Babylonstoren Green House, which is again nominated this year. Other finalists we’ve got our money on are Stretta Café and Hemelhuijs (view the full list here).

Apart from fabulous gourmet food and rubbing shoulders with the culinary who’s-who, the anonymous judges who worked alongside Abigail will also be revealed at the event. “We are confident in our new approach to the judging process and the subsequent audit of the results,” explains Aileen Lamb, general manager of Eat Out. “In the interest of transparency, which has been our focus from the outset, we will make the scores available to all the nominees.”

Tickets to attend the awards are priced at R1450 per person and seats are limited, so best to reserve soonest to avoid disappointment. Contact Julie Potgieter at or 021 417 1257.

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