Eat Out released its Top 30 shortlist for the 2019 Top 10 Restaurant Awards minutes ago. The biggest shock is that Chef Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse & Canteen has not been nominated! Just two years ago Eat Out awarded Tomlin the Chef of the Year Award!
When I first wrote that Chef Liam’s restaurant on Bree Street did not belong on the Eat Out Top 20 shortlist, when it was nominated for the first time four of five years ago, not conforming to the criteria for fine dining, Chef Liam denigrated me in Facebook and banned me from his restaurants! It seems that the new judging team at Eat Out has seen the light, and feels the same about it!
Further shock exclusions are Foliage, DW Eleven13, Indochine, Terroir, Chef’s Table, The Pot Luck Club, and Marble! Wow! So many dented chef egos and headaches today, after their highs of winning awards earlier this week! I would have loved to have been the fly on the wall when the Eat Out team finalised the Top 30 shortlist recently, to exclude such heavy weights, much like it rattled the cage of the restaurant industry by demoting The Test Kitchen from its long-held number one perch!
To the South African and international diner it must be utterly confusing as to which restaurants are worth eating at and which are our top chefs, having such widely diversive results in three restaurant award announcements this week alone.
It has been raining Restaurant Awards this week. The chefs at the following restaurants will be ecstatic to have made it this far. But only ten of these restaurants, some never heard of before (could they not fill a list of 30 restaurants?) can be named an Eat Out Top 10 restaurant for 2019!
The nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
Camphors at Vergelegen
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
Janse & Co
La Petite Colombe
Le Coin Français
LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate
Pierneef à La Motte
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
Rust en Vrede
The Restaurant at Waterkloof
The Shortmarket Club
The Test Kitchen
Tjing Tjing Momiji
The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal
The following Awards will be presented at the Award event as well:
Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year
Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year
Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star Award
Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef Award
Eat Out Service Excellence Award
Eat Out Wine Service Award
Eat Out Nespresso Innovation Award
Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service
Eat Out Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award
Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award
Eat Out VISI Style Award
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