In the past all chefs invited to cook were seen to be sure winners, When this became so predictable, half the chefs cooking were awarded Top 10 status, while the other half were Top 20 Finalists who did not make it to Top 10. This year Eat Out has chosen two chefs who are not even on the Top 20 list, while the other three chefs are strong contenders for the Top 10 Award.
The participating chefs preparing the Gala Lunch are:
- Jason Lilley of Jason Bakery is baking the bread
- Scot Kirton of La Colombe will prepare the starter
- Nic van Wyk of Bistro 13 will prepare the second starter
- Michael Broughton of Terroir will prepare the main course
- George Jardine of Jordan’s Restaurant will prepare the dessert.
Interesting is the paragraph in Eat Out‘s announcement: ‘The Chef’s will be collaborating with Byron de Carvalho of Foodsters to ensure a knockout meal for all guests’! Last year the Gala Dinner meal, at a cost of R1800, was a disaster. De Carvalho is a trained chef who has cooked on yachts, in top local kitchens, and started Shesha Film Food. The Foodster Group, a collaboration with ex-Taj marketing executive Theo Cromhout, does not appear to have its own website, so does not explain how it differs from the Shesha Film Food company. Both companies have a Facebook page, but this does not clarify the role of each. The food photographs on De Carvalho’s own website look superb. De Carvalho is an unknown entity in the Cape Town food scene!
Tickets to Eat Out‘s Top 10 Restaurant Awards Gala Lunch cost R1495. Luxury coaches from Cape Town and Franschhoek will be supplied via Mercedes-Benz to transport guests at no charge to the Mistico Equestrian Centre outside Paarl.