Stellenbosch reigns culinary king at 2013 Eat Out Top 10 Awards
Stellenbosch reaffirmed its status as the ‘Gourmet Capital of South Africa’ by wiping the floor at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards with no less than four winners amongst the enviable Top 10 eateries in the country from the Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Camphors, the signature restaurant at Vergelegen Estate – nestled on the outskirts of Somerset West but still part of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes – opened its doors in 2012 and less than a year later it clinched the number eight spot in this highly contested ‘foodie Oscars’. Headed up by chef PJ Vadas, the restaurant was lauded for its high quality food enjoyed in a polished yet casual setting. "A fantastic experience. Very innovative.” said Judge Garth Stroebel.
No newcomer to the Top 10 hot list, Overture Restaurant styling on the prime Hidden Valley Estate outside Stellenbosch where fine dining comes with a yum factor and awe-inspiring views, came in at lucky number seven. The much-lauded chef Bertus Basson is at his best with bold, innovative dishes that put flavour first and he makes a high impact with techniques executed in an honest way. Judge Andy Fenner said, "The philosophy and personality are some of the strongest on offer."
Jordan Restaurant, where seasoned chef George Jardine and his acolytes cook up a storm in plain sight, scooped the sixth position. Twice the winner of the Eat Out Chef of the Year award (2006 and 2007), George continues to delight with food that is delicious to eat and gorgeous to look at without being precious. "The food was beautifully presented yet recognisable and real. Most refreshing.” said Judge Garth Stroebel.
This year’s number three spot belongs to the stylish Rust en Vrede situated on the starlit Annandale strip. Chef John Shuttleworth’s graceful food and intricate combinations of elements and flavours, accompanied by superior service by sommelier Joakim Hansi Blackadder, earned the restaurant its sought-after position as well as the inaugural 2013 Eat Out Wine Service Award. Eat-Out awards judge, Liam Tomlin, said "the attention to detail really stands out" and Andy Fenner, another judge, singled out the "knock-out flavours" saying "it was a brilliant dining experience in every sense".
In addition, Towerbosch Restaurant at Knorhoek Estate, a hidden Stellenbosch Winelands gem on the foot of the Simonsberg, won Best Country-style Restaurant at the awards.
“Our winning foursome highlights the growing trend of good quality restaurants opening their doors at wine estates to offer a complete wine and dine experience. We applaud our chefs and their restaurants as they continue to push the culinary boundaries through innovation,” shares Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. "These accolades add to the appeal of Stellenbosch Wine Routes and the region as a top wine tourism destination."
Visit the Eat Out website for a full list of the 2013 Top 10 Restaurant winners. We love these beautifully animated videos produced by Eat Out on the Top 10 Restaurants.
For more information on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, visit www.wineroute.co.za, or phone 021 886 8275.