Franschoek’s Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français took South Africa’s top gastronomic honour after being named as the Eat Out Restaurant of the Year for 2007, while George Jardine of Jardine Restaurant in Cape Town retained his Chef of the Year award.
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français also won the Eat Out Service Award, while South African food and wine journalist Jos Baker received the Eat Out Lifetime Achievement Award for her “exceptional experience and rare integrity”.
In addition, talented aspirant chef Simpiwe Siyata was awarded with the Woolworths Taste Bursary Award.
The glamorous Cirque Culinaire-themed 2007 awards ceremony, which took place at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on 25 November, was described as an event at which to celebrate and pay tribute to the top “foodie talent” in the country.
The Top 10 were chosen by judges Peter Goffe-Wood, Letitia Prinsloo and Arnold Tanzer and Dario Di’ Angeli.
According to Eat Out, their judges are experts in the field who know what the culinary buzz is at any given time, while their restaurant critics follow a set list of criteria when eating out and reviewing a restaurant.
“In fact, we are the first and only magazine guide in South Africa to introduce this set criteria for our connoisseurs in the field to follow – which we put together will the full approval of our judges,” Eat Out states.
Eat Out top ten 2007:
- Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Franschoek (chef: Margot Janse)
- Jardine, Cape Town (chef: George Jardine)
- Aubergine, Cape Town (chef: Harald Bresselschmidt)
- Bread & Wine, Franschoek (chef: Neil Jewell)
- Grande Provence, Franschoek (chef: Peter Tempelhoff)
- Ginja, Cape Town (chef: Mike Bassett)
- Roots, Kromdraai (chef: Philippe Wagenfuhrer)
- The Showroom, Cape Town (chef: Bruce Robertson)
- Linger Longer, Johannesburg (chef: Walter Ulz)
- 9th Avenue Bistro, Durban (chef: Carly Goncalves)
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