Mercedes Love | 07 September 2017

New Oscars-Style Celebration – And Three Parties In One ­For This Year's Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards

South Africa’s best chefs will walk the red carpet for the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards on Sunday, 19 November at GrandWest in Cape Town. 

This year’s event will include an MCC reception, an Oscars-style ceremony to announce the winners, and a celebration with food-and-drinks installations prepared by some of the country’s top chefs.

For the very first time, Eat Out will announce 30 nominees prior to the awards, and count down from 20 to 11 before revealing the Top 10. (In the past, Eat Out has announced 20 nominees, and awarded the Top 10 only.)

The changes are part of a move to acknowledge a greater number of restaurants. Eat Out is also looking at new rating options for 2018 to honour the deserving in a way that’s more in line with international trends.


“We’re so excited that we’re recognising even more restaurants this year,” says Aileen Lamb, MD of New Media, which owns Eat Out. “The industry is changing so fast, and Eat Out is evolving with it, always finding new ways to celebrate excellence in food. By aligning more with the latest international trends, we can help grow South Africa’s brilliant culinary talent even further. And we’re delighted that we have partners like Mercedes-Benz with us on this journey.”

The winning restaurants are chosen by a core panel of five judges, headed by Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly. Apart from Abigail, the panel will remain anonymous even after the judging has concluded. This will enable the judges to remain on the panel for the coming year(s) to ensure greater consistency. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa is sponsoring these prestigious awards for the fourth consecutive year. “As a brand, we’re always striving to find the very best, and we’re thrilled to recognise local chefs and restaurants around South Africa, whose culinary delights exceed expectations year after year,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Tickets are now on sale. 
Price: R1495 per person 
Venue: GrandWest Grand Arena, Cape Town
Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Time: 3pm until late
Book your tickets now Eatout.nutickets.co.za

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