The champions of the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were announced at an elegant gala ceremony held in Cape Town on Sunday.
The biggest news of the night was the announcement that much-lauded chef David Higgs of Five Hundred in Johannesburg was named the 2013 Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year. David’s new Johannesburg restaurant also landed an impressive second position on the highly contested Top 10 list.
For the second year in a row, South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year was given to The Test Kitchen in Cape Town. This year's list also saw the introduction of two new accolades as part of the restaurant awards. The Rising Star Award, won by Vanessa Marx of Dear Me in Cape Town, and the Wine Service Award, won by Joakim Hansi Blackadder ofRust en Vrede in Stellenbosch,
S.Pellegrino and Food for Soul, the non-profit organisation founded by Lara Gilmore and chef Massimo Bottura, form a new global partnership to drive social and environmental change and promote a sustainable food culture.