5th Annual Luxe Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards Winners Announced

5th Annual Luxe Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards Winners Announced
5th Annual Luxe Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards Winners Announced

On Tuesday, 30 May 2023 South African culinary greats were honoured at the 5th annual Luxe-Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards.


The prestigious awards, which honour the finest contributions to the South African restaurant industry, were announced to an intimate audience of 100 leading industry figures at the trendy Ethos Restaurant in Rosebank, Johannesburg.


Well renowned SA chef and television personality, Tumi Mogoai MC’ed the event in style. While those in attendance included celebrated chefs; Ryan Cole, Lorna Maseko, Johannes Richer and David Higgs. As well as award winning cookbook authors Mogau Seshoene aka the Lazy makoti and Zanele Van Zyl of Cooking with Zanele fame.

The winners were chosen by a team of anonymous food critics as well as by a popular public digital vote. The panel of judges was convened by Chad Fourie, Chief Judge of the Luxe Restaurant Awards and Managing Director of The Hospitality Counsel.


“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.” Chad Fourie


Overall, twenty-five winners were announced from a wide and inclusive set of categories that ranged from the Culinary Innovation Award to the Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, with the winner of the prestigious Chef of the Year Johannes Richer taking home the top honours, as well as Salsify at the Roundhouse walking away as Restaurant of the Year.


The 2023 Luxe Restaurant Awards category winners are as follows:


  1. Restaurant of the Year: Salsify at the Roundhouse
  2. Chef of the Year: Johannes Richter
  3. New Restaurant of the Year: Post and Pepper
  4. Style Award: MAMASAMBA
  5. Bar of the Year: Zioux
  6. Culinary Innovation Award: Wandile Mabaso
  7. Culinary Media Personality of the Year: Lorna Maseko
  8. Culinary Rising Star Award: Jess Van Dyk
  9. Food/Lifestyle Series of the Year: Homegrown Tastes South Africa
  10. Pastry Chef of the Year: Meg Meikle
  11. Pioneer Award: David Higgs
  12. Service Excellence Award: SIBA – The Restaurant
  13. Sustainability Award: LivingRoom at Summerhill
  14. African Restaurant of the Year: Clara’s Barn
  15. Bistro of the Year: Embarc
  16. Café of the Year: Just Teddy
  17. Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe
  18. Grillhouse of the Year: Marble
  19. Hotel Restaurant of the Year: SIBA – The Restaurant
  20. International Restaurant of the Year: TANG CAPE TOWN
  21. Lifestyle Restaurant of the Year: Artistry
  22. Pop Up Experience of the Year: Vusi Ndlovu – Edge at the Mount Nelson
  23. Street Food Experience of the Year: Ramenhead
  24. Wine Service Award: Victor Okolo
  25. People’s Choice Award: Homespan Blouberg


The Luxe Restaurant Awards is created by The Hospitality Counsel (HOSCO) in partnership with industry leading food critics and sponsored by Jonsson Workwear.

5th Annual Luxe Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards
5th Annual Luxe Jonsson Workwear Restaurant Awards