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The Annual Luxe Restaurant Awards winners have been announced

The prestigious awards, which honour the finest contributions to the South African restaurantindustry, were announced on 29 March

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By House & Garden South Africa | March 30, 2022 | Travel Leisure

This year marks the 4th year of the annual Luxe Restaurant Awards, which took place at Ethos restaurant in Johannesburg. Twenty-five winners were announced from a diverse group of nominees that ranged from the Culinary Icon of the Year to Café of the Year. Celebrated local chefs in attendance included The Lazy Makoti, Siba Mtongana, Wandile Mabaso and James Gaag.

The winners were chosen by a team of anonymous food critics as well as by a popular public digital vote.

Chad Fourie, chief judge at the awards told attendees, “over the past nine months, the Luxe Restaurant Award judges have been seeking out exemplary dining experiences in South Africa. Tonight, we have given these leading restaurants and chefs a platform to shine and celebrate their culinary genius. With all the unexpected changes we have endured over the past two years, people are now seeking out unique lifestyle experiences to build memories with their loved ones. And there is no greater experience than an award-winning restaurant.

Ethos, winner of International Restaurant of the Year award. Photography Ethos restaurant Instagram

Here is the full list of winners:

1. Restaurant of the Year: La Colombe

2. Chef of the Year: Wandile Mabaso

3. New Restaurant of the Year: Pier

4. Style Award: Zioux

5. Culinary Icon Award: Siba Mtongana

6. Culinary Media Personality of the Year: Cooking with Zanele

7. Culinary Innovation Award: Candice Philip

8. Culinary Rising Star Award: Besele Moloi

9. Sustainability Award: The Test Kitchen Fledgelings

10. Service Excellence Award: Basalt

11. Pioneer Award: Luke Dale Roberts

12. Cookbook of the Year: Hosting with The Lazy Makoti

13. African Restaurant of the Year: Emazulwini

14. Bistro of the Year: Embarc

15. Burger Joint of the Year: BGR

16. Café of the Year: Le Parc by Tashas

17. Coffee Shop of the Year: Truth Café

18. Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe

19. Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Aurum

20. International Restaurant of the Year: Ethos

21. Lifestyle Restaurant of the Year: Tang

22. Pop Up Experience of the Year: Katlego Mlambo at The Marabi Club

23. Steakhouse of the Year: The Blockman

24. Street Food Experience of the Year: How Bao Now

25.Wine Service Award: Michelle Moller - La Colombe

The Luxe Restaurant Awards is created by The Hospitality Counsel (HOSCO) in partnership with industry leading food critics