"I AM IN­SPIRED, I AM EX­CITED; WE HAVE ONE HELLUVA THING GO­ING ON"

Eat Out - - FROM THE EDITOR - Mar­got Janse, judg­ing con­venor

It has been an ex­cit­ing year! A shift from be­ing in the kitchen, to a place where I quickly felt at home – as a guest at many of South Africa’s top restau­rants.

This in­dus­try is where my heart lies, and my re­spect lev­els are very high for ev­ery one of the chefs and res­tau­ra­teurs I have vis­ited. I know what it takes, and recog­nise the re­lent­less­ness of the daily chal­lenges and ex­pec­ta­tions. My Eat

Out jour­ney, shared with a team of ex­cel­lent fel­low judges, has been in­cred­i­bly in­sight­ful.

What made my heart jump was the cel­e­bra­tion of di­verse cul­tures across many menus, in­clud­ing a wide va­ri­ety of our in­cred­i­ble in­dige­nous in­gre­di­ents.

Our South Africa is so unique and I found it thrillingly show­cased through the likes of paratha, plankievleis, dom­bolo, chokka, klip­kombers – and even mieliepap for dessert.

There is a great pride in the front of house, a se­ri­ous play­ful­ness and im­pelling eth­i­cal drive in the kitchen, and in­vig­o­rat­ing off-the-wall de­vel­op­ments in the bev­er­age of­fer­ings, both al­co­holic and non-al­co­holic.

I am in­spired, I am ex­cited; we have one helluva thing go­ing on.

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