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Sandton Sizzles At 4th Annual Luxe Restaurant Awards

Some of Sandton’s most popular eateries walked away with top honours at the 4th Annual Luxe Restaurant Awards.


  • Sandton eateries took the title in numerous categories including Lifestyle Restaurant of the Year, Hotel Restaurant of the Year, and Café of the Year.
  • The awards place Sandton on the culinary map as the place to visit and experience some of the best dining in South Africa.
  • The winners were chosen by a team of anonymous food critics as well as by a popular public digital vote.
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The 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.


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Well renowned South African celebrity, Shashi Naidoo MC’ed the event dressed in a gorgeous dress by The Showroom Couture. Image: Luxe Restaurant Awards

While those in attendance included celebrated chefs James Gaag, The Lazy Makoti, Siba Mtongana, and Wandile Mabaso, as well as entrepreneur and owner of TANG on Nelson Mandela Square, Nicky Van Der Walt and his wife and model, Lee-Ann Liebenberg.


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Ethos, host venue of the 4th Annual Luxe Restaurant Awards, picked up the ‘International Restaurant of the Year’. Image: The Sandton Times

The full list of 2022 Luxe Restaurant Awards category 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 panel of judges was convened by Chad Fourie, Chief Judge of the Luxe Restaurant Awards and Managing Director of The Hospitality Counsel.


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James Gaag and his team picked up 4 awards for Restaurant of the Year: La Colombe, Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: La Petite Colombe, New Restaurant of the Year: Pier and Wine Service Award: Michelle Moller – La Colombe. Image: The Sandton Times

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.

// Chief Judge of the Luxe Restaurant Awards and Managing Director of The Hospitality Counsel, Chad Fourie


Overall, twenty-five winners were announced from a wide and inclusive set of categories that ranged from the Culinary Icon of the Year to the Street Food Experience of the Year, with the winner of the prestigious Chef of the Year being awarded an exclusive BMW experience.


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