Monday, November 26, 2012

Eat Out Winners 2012

The Awards took place yesterday the 25th of November at the Westin in Cape Town, being a chef myself, we all aim to work at a nominated or winning restaurant or of course be on the list ourselves. The restaurants are judged on very strict criteria judging all aspects, food, taste, presentation, service and ambience. The judges for the awards were Abigail Donnely and Bruce Palling a Wall Street food columnist as well as taking the online audience votes into account.

The Winners:
Margot Janse of the Tasting room took the Chef of the Year Award.
Luke Dale Roberts, Test Kitchen won best restaurant.
Service Excellence, Rust en Vrede
Alicia Wilkinson od Silwood Kitchen won the Lifetime achievement award.
Best Asian Restaurant, Saigon.
Best Italian Restaurant, Cafe Del Sol
Best Steakhouse, Carne SA
Best country Style, Fresh at Paul Cluver
Best Bistro, 9th Avenue Bistro
Boschendal Award, Green House at Babylonstoren
Taste Eat Out Bursary, Damien Stemmet

Top 10 Restaurants:
1. Test Kitchen
2. The Tasting Room
3. Jordan Restaurant
4. Overture
5. Rust en Vrede
6. DW Eleven-13
7. La Colombe
8. The Greenhouse
9. Terroir
10. Hartford house

If anybody would like to take me to any of these restaurants on this list, I will be a very happy girl, Book soon as they are all going to be very busy this season.

Go out and buy your new Eat Out magazine for 2013 and never wonder where to go eat again, I use it all year round.

Thank to New Media for the Photo's, Eat Out and The Food Network for partnering up and sponsoring these awards.

Article Copyright by Tamsyn Wells

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards

Eat out is launching in collaboration with the Eat Out Awards a full day conference with international guest speakers aimed at foodies, chefs, food crits, restauranteurs and bloggers. It will be held on Saturday the 24th of November 2012 at the Westin in Cape Town. The cost is R1000 for the day where Abigail Donnelly the Eat out Judge, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Fransescana the world's 5th best restaurant on the S.Pellegrino list, an Italian with three Michelin stars to his name. British food designer, Andrew Stellitano who uses all manner of food to create his food designs will teach you new techniques and fashion trends in food.

Local Speakers which include Luke Dale Roberts of Test Kitchen, Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais, Reuben Riffel of Reubens, Giorgio Nava of Carne and Steven Maresch who will inspire you throughout the day taking home a new passion for cooking.

After listening to these amazing chefs, the following day on the 25th of November 2012 you may attend the Eat Out Restaurant Awards and possibly see some of these Local speakers win awards for their restaurants where they have hosted all of us at some time or another for our special events, birthday's or romantic dinner dates, join them to cheer on your favorite food spot. Tickets for this event are R1250 for the evening where you will be the first to hear who our top 10 will be for the year.

To buy tickets for the conference or the awards please contact:
 Julie Potgieter on
021 417 1257
or visit

Article copyright by Tamsyn Wells

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rafiki Foundation Dinner in Tanzania

I was invited to assist in the making of a six course dinner with canapes and matching wines in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in aid of the Rafiki foundation who help orphaned children and widow's in need. David Grier from Miles for Smiles was the main host and chef for the evening, David has run many challenges across China, India, Madagascar and London raising money for children in need of cleft palate surgery changing their lives forever.

Our challenge started at the airport where we forgot one suitcase having had extra foods and chocolates as luggage which we could not find in Tanzania for the dinner distracted us. The challenge continued when we arrived at the restaurant hosting the dinner and it was still being built, no furniture, no plates and especially no ingredients yet.

The day before the function, the prep day where we set up the unused kitchen, wheeled and dealed to get our ingredients delivered in time for us to prepare this meal for 120 people in a kitchen, country and with staff we have never met or seen before, teaching the staff how we want everything prepared as the meal matched cuisines from all the countries David has run through.

On the function day we were faced with yet another challenge, a power failure and we had to climb 42 flights of stairs to the top of the building with all the chocolates and boxes in our arms, a searing temperature outside of 35 degrees, fridges off, generator broken and we still receiving deliveries of food, plates and tables but mainly no blenders and electrical kitchen equipment forcing us to hand chop instead of blend and using torches in the fridges made for a very interesting day, pressed for time and all the hiccups taking hours off the clock . In the end it all came together and went smooth creating a day we will all never forget.

 Canapes, coconut crumbed prawns with a saffron and basil coconut cream pipette

Tomato and mozzarella tian with basil and mint pesto

Tuna tartare in a cucumber boat with Kewpie mayo and nori

Lamb kofta with Raita

Cured beef fillet with mango and red onion salsa

First course, Confit and smoked duck salad with mango pearls and pickled vegetables.

Second course, Lobster Tom Yum Goong

Third course, Tandoori chicken filled with Indian spiced farce, black lentil dahl, vegetable samoosa and coriander chutney. This was followed by a coconut, pineapple and ginger lollipop with sparkling apple and fruit salsa to cleanse the palate.

Main Course, Roast Lamb rack, pea and butternut puree, potatoes parisienne and Rooibos Jus

Dessert, Rafiki chocolate pots with fresh berries

It was long and hard work in humid heat, beating the clock every minute but all worth it in the end. We worked with new and old chefs, made loads of new friends along the way and not to forget the treat at the end of the function an ice cold bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne which we guzzled down at the end of the night.
Thanks to the Rafiki foundation, David Grier, Alettea Malan and the Akemi Team for a great weekend where we raised R1.5 million for the less fortunate kids.

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells