Steak­house voted fifth-best in coun­try

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IF YOU are look­ing for the best steak in town, head on over to The Crick­eter at the 2 Swans Es­tate, voted the fifth best at this year's Wolf­trap Steak­house com­pe­ti­tion.

The Wolf­trap Steak­house Cham­pi­onships 2017 saw over 150 steak­houses com­pet­ing with each other to be­come South Africa’s steak­house cham­pion. In the first round dur­ing May, the pub­lic seeded the field by vot­ing, via Face­book, for their favourite steak­house. The top 10 fi­nal­ists, as voted by the pub­lic, were then vis­ited unan­nounced dur­ing June by ex­pert judges, led by well-known Mas­terChef per­son­al­ity, Pete Goffe-Wood. They were as­sessed ac­cord­ing to a strict score-sheet that fo­cused on the steak on the plate, as well as look­ing at side dishes and the qual­ity of the hos­pi­tal­ity. Ul­ti­mately, it was de­but en­trant Rare Grill in Ke­nil­worth that claimed top hon­ours. The run­ner-up, Lit­tle Havana from Umh­langa Rocks was the win­ner in 2015, and in third place, The Lo­cal Grill from Park­town North, has an in­cred­i­ble three ti­tles to its name. The God­fa­ther in Centurion, Pre­to­ria was fourth with The Crick­eter in fifth.

When Ali­son and hus­band Ty­ron Hen­der­son opened the res­tau­rant in 2009, lit­tle did they know that six years later they were go­ing to be voted the best steak­house in the Eastern Cape, be the sixth in South Africa last year and this year fifth-best steak­house in the coun­try. “We are ex­tremely proud of our achieve­ment in the Wolf­trap Steak­house Com­pe­ti­tion,” Ali­son said.

The com­pe­ti­tion is a blend of pub­lic in­volve­ment and ex­pert ar­bi­tra­tion and the win­ner is there­fore not only very good, but also a pub­lic favourite.

“Our staff are amaz­ing and we work well like a fam­ily [at our res­tau­rant],” she said.

“We don't com­pro­mise on qual­ity. “That's why peo­ple keep com­ing back for more and our prices are quite rea­son­able,” said the for­mer War­riors and South African cricket player, Ty­ron. He rep­re­sented the coun­try in a T20 in­ter­na­tional against In­dia in 2006 and also played for the Ra­jas­tan Roy­als in the In­dian Pre­mier League.

The cou­ple agreed that com­ing fifth felt fan­tas­tic be­cause they were com­pet­ing with big restau­rants from big­ger cities such as Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg. “We are very pas­sion­ate about our food and we age our steaks. “We only serve fresh veg­eta­bles; we make every­thing our own, that is our se­cret,” Ali­son said.

The Wolf­trap Steak­house Cham­pi­onships is proud to cel­e­brate South African steak­houses and thanks them for all the hard work,” read a state­ment from the com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers.

The Wolf­trap Steak­house Cham­pi­onships results are: 1. Rare Grill, Ke­nil­worth 2. Lit­tle Havana, Umh­langa Rocks (2015 Cham­pion)

3. The Lo­cal Grill, Park­town North (2013, 2014 and 2016 Cham­pion)

4. The God­fa­ther, Centurion, Pre­to­ria 5. The Crick­eter, East Lon­don 6. Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom 7. HQ, Cape Town 8. Ka­roo Cat­tle and Land, Irene, Pre­to­ria

9. Jayz Grill, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

10. The Grumpy Griller, Ge­orge

‘We are ex­tremely proud of our achieve­ment in the Wolf­trap Steak­house Com­pe­ti­tion’

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

REAP­ING RE­WARDS: The Crick­eter eatery sit­u­ated at the 2 Swans Es­tate, has been voted the fifth-best steak­house in South Africa and the best in the province. At the award pre­sen­ta­tion in the Wolf­trap Steak­house Cham­pi­onships are, from left, Pete Goffe-Wood (celebrity chef and head judge), Jor­dyn Wil­liams and Marc Nel­son (The Crick­eter, East Lon­don) and JP Ros­souw (con­venor of the com­pe­ti­tion)

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