Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen, which won the Restaurant of the Year and Service awards at the 2020 American Express Dining Awards.
Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen, which won the Restaurant of the Year and Service awards at the 2020 American Express Dining Awards.
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The full list of winners of the American Express Dining Awards 2020 have been announced, revealing the cream of the crop of the South African dining scene.

This year, as part of a re-imagining of the awards, the inclusion of 10 new categories — similar to those used in the World Restaurant Awards — added an exciting element.

These categories were introduced to reflect the “revolution” that's taken place in the local restaurant industry in recent years, says Chris Wood, head of American Express SA.

“We’re delighted to have been able to recognise creativity and innovation in categories that didn’t even exist when we first launched the dining awards programme 21 years ago,” he elaborated.

Here's which eateries scooped up top honours in these new categories:

  1. Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
  2. Service: The Test Kitchen, Cape Town
  3. Best Newcomer: Eike, Stellenbosch
  4. Style: Fyn, Cape Town
  5. Young Talent: Chef Ryan Cole from Salsify, Cape Town
  6. Pure SA: Marble, Johannesburg
  7. Pioneer Chef: David Higgs of Marble, Johannesburg
  8. Wine: Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient, Pretoria
  9. Best-Kept Secret: Abingdon Wine Estate, Midlands
  10. American Express Members' Choice: Saint, Johannesburg

The awards were handed out at two different ceremonies. The first took place in Johannesburg on October 14, and the second in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.

Judging took place at about 120 restaurants across the country from which 72 restaurants were shortlisted.

LOOK | The winners of the evening:

Steve Steinfeld, popularly known as the Joburg Foodie, was the head judge this year. Chef Clive Aaron and Greg Maloka of Kaya FM completed the judging panel.

Other restaurants that were named as the top in the country include:

  • Culinary Table Restaurant in Gauteng;
  • Grei at the Saxon in Joburg;
  • Silver Orange in Hartbeespoort;
  • De Oude Kraal in Bloemfontein;
  • Babel at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek;
  • La Colombe in Constantia;
  • Hacklewood in Port Elizabeth; and
  • The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga.
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