Results of the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards

22 November 2011 by Eat Out Magazine

On Sunday 20 November, the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, South Africa’s prestigious restaurant awards, announced the winners for 2011. The gala ceremony was held at The Rotunda at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town where guests sampled gourmet creations from award-winning chefs. The 20 exceptional nominees were judged on stringent criteria, recommendations from Eat Out’s national panel of professional restaurant reviewers as well as their very vocal online audience of 75 000 users, were taken into account by Judge and Eat Out Editor Abigail Donnelly.

Restaurants are judged on food, service and ambience and other aspects that make or break the eating out experience. This year’s awards also boasted a host of new categories, making it the most extensive culinary award in the country. 2011’s long awaited winners are:

Chef of the Year Luke Dale-Roberts

Restaurant of the Year The Greenhouse

Top 10 Restaurants 1. The Greenhouse 2. The Test Kitchen 3. The Tasting Room 4. The Roundhouse 5. Overture 6. Terroir 7. DW Eleven-13 8. Jordan Restaurant 9. Nobu 10. La Colombe

Service Excellence Award The Roundhouse

Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Paarl Media) Garth Stroebel

Best Asian restaurant (new category) Kitima

Best Italian restaurant (new category) 95 Keerom

 Best Steakhouse (new category) The Local Grill in Boksburg, Parktown North and Sandton

 Best Country-style restaurant (new category) The Table at De Meye

Best Bistro (new category) Bizerca Bistro

Boschendal Style Award (new category) Makaron

Woolworths Taste Bursary Zahir Isaacs

City Press VIP Sunday Breakfast Award Salvation Café

 Donnelly said: “The winners this year have shown astonishing talent in world class establishments.” Nick Thorogood, Managing Director at Food Network EMEA: “All of the award winners and nominated restaurants tonight should be very proud of their achievements. We’re pleased to be involved in these awards and supporting local industries, as they really showcase the very best of South Africa’s culinary delights. This is particularly important to us as we aim to produce more local content throughout 2012.” Carmen Bennett, DStv Brand Manager: Marketing and Sales: “We are proud to be associated with the Eat Out Awards and we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in making this a mementos occasion.”

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