Local celebrity chefs grab all the prizes at the Lux Restaurant Awards

Local celebrity chefs grab all the prizes at the Lux Restaurant Awards

Lorna Maseko and The Lazy Makoti were just some of the other famous faces who bagged prizes for their culinary prowess at this annual event
Lorna Maseko and The Lazy Makoti were just some of the other famous faces who bagged prizes for their culinary prowess at this annual event

Restaurateurs would likely agree that if 2020 was a dish, it might have a bitter aftertaste given the challenges they’ve faced keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic.

That’s why we’re sure many welcomed the prospect to enjoy each other’s achievements at The Hospitality Counsel’s annual Luxe Restaurant Awards.

The awards*, which aim to “celebrate the best contributions to the South African restaurant sector”, were handed out at a glam ceremony in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

This event may need been “intimate” (read: Covid-conscious), but there was no shortage of star power with celeb chefs Lorna Maseko, Chef Nti and Mogau Seshoene aka The Lazy Makoti attending to gather their trophies.

According to their social media posts, Maseko was “so excited” to possess bagged the Icon Award, while The Lazy Makoti “still can’t get over” being hailed as 2020’s Culinary Rising Star.

Chef Nti took home a pair of accolades: she was dubbed the Culinary Media Personality of The Year, and her Maboneng eatery, Taste Kitchen, was named African Restaurant of The Year.

“Thank you for this amazing recognition … I’m a lady with a dream and I’m so grateful to be living it. Cheers to more wins and victories,” she enthused on Instagram.

Other celebrities on the winner’s list included actor Maps Maponyane whose Linden restaurant, Buns Out, won Burger Joint of The Year, and My Kitchen Rules SA judge David Higgs, who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Higg’s upmarket Rosebank eatery, Marble, also received the Service Excellence Award.

It was Pretoria’s famed Restaurant Mosaic, however, that scooped up the foremost prizes on the night including the titles of Restaurant and Wine List of the Year. It’s chef patron Chantel Dartnall was voted Chef of the Year, while head sommelier Moses Magwaza got the Wine Service Award.

“At Restaurant Mosaic, we pride ourselves on delivering unforgettable dining experiences that showcase SA’s talent, passion and produce as truly world-class — these awards remind us that we are continually realising our dreams!” said Dartnall on Instagram.

All the winners of the 2020 Luxe Restaurant Awards:
Restaurant of The Year: Restaurant Mosaic, Pretoria
Chef of The Year: Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic
New Restaurant of The Year: Aurum, Joburg
Style Award: Ethos, Joburg
Icon Award: Lorna Maseko
Culinary Media Personality of The Year: Chef Nti
Culinary Innovation Award: Gate, Stellenbosch
Culinary Rising Star: The Lazy Makoti
Lifetime Achievement Award: David Higgs
African Restaurant of The Year: Taste Kitchen, Joburg
Burger Joint of The Year: Buns Out, Joburg
Café of The Year: Tin Roof Café, Pretoria
Coffee Shop of The Year: Vintage Coffee, Pretoria
Country Restaurant of The Year: Almost Orange, Hartbeespoort
Fine Dining Restaurant of The Year: La Colombe, Constantia
Food Truck of The Year: The Filthy Moustache, Joburg
Service Excellence Award: Marble, Joburg
Sustainability Award: Grei, Joburg
Wine Service Award: Moses Magwaza of Restaurant Mosaic
Wine List of The Year: Restaurant Mosaic, Pretoria
* How the judging worked: A shortlist of 100 nominees within the various awards categories was involved by The Hospitality Counsel, and therefore the winners chosen supported the results of a survey issued to their quite 10,000 members.

SOURCE: TCHISALIVE