SA’s top restaurants and culinary stars honoured at 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

It was exhilarating when the country’s top restaurants and the shining stars of South Africa’s restaurant industry were honoured at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant awards on Sunday, 19 November at GrandWest in Cape Town.

This year more restaurants were recognised for their star quality, with a countdown from 20 before the much-anticipated Top 10 restaurants were revealed.

The Test Kitchen was once again confirmed as the country’s top restaurant when it was awarded the Restaurant of the Year title for the sixth consecutive year.

The winning restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of judges, led by Eat Out editor and head judge Abigail Donnelly, who dined around the country anonymously. Aside from Abigail Donnelly, the identities of the judges have not been revealed.

This year the chefs at the 30 nominated restaurants were given the opportunity to vote for a champion chef amongst their peers. The winner of the inaugural Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award is Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat in Paternoster.

All the winners celebrated at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards are:

Eat Out S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year: Liam Tomlin

Eat Out Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen

Top 10 Restaurants:

  1. The Test Kitchen
  2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
  3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof
  4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
  5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
  6. Camphors at Vergelegen
  7. La Colombe
  8. The Shortmarket Club
  9. Overture
  10. The Pot Luck Club

Restaurants ranked from 11–20

  1. Jardine Restaurant
  2. Foliage
  3. Wolfgat
  4. Jordan Restaurant
  5. Fermier Restaurant
  6. Thali
  7. DW Eleven-13
  8. Hartford House
  9. Luke Dale-Roberts X The Saxon
  10. La Tête

Eat Out Service Excellence Award: Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

Eat Out Rising Star: Kayla-Ann Osborn of The Chefs Table

Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award: La Petite Colombe

Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award: Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat

Eat Out Wine Service Award: Moses Magwaza

Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award: Letitia Prinsloo

Eat Out Style Award: Fermier Restaurant

Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service: Morné Wessels of La Petite Colombe

Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award: Camphors at Vergelegen

Woolworths TASTE Eat Out Bursary winner: Bryan Mlotshwa