The Eat Out restaurant guide is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. Along with the celebrations they announced three new additions to the team: Zola Nene, Kholeka Kumalo and our very own Margot Janse.
According to the guide’s publishers, “Margot Janse almost needs no introduction. As a significant figure in developing the local food scene, Janse is best known for her prolific work as the executive chef of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, a position she held until 2017.”
Margot will take on the position of judging convenor of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. As the judges will remain anonymous, she will become the face of the judging process that determines the Top 20.
Says Janse, “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity, not just because I get to eat at all the top restaurants in the country, but also because the Eat Out Restaurant Awards carry a great responsibility in the development of the culinary scene in South Africa. I believe that with my in-depth knowledge and experience I will be able to contribute positively to this process.”
New Media managing director Aileen Lamb applauds this addition: “Margot has helped shape the South African food industry as we know it today, and so it is only fitting that we tap into her knowledge to take the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards to new heights.”
Zola Nene and Kholeka Kumalo will be joining the Eat Out editorial team – led by editor-in-chief Anelde Greeff – in the roles of Cape Town and Johannesburg restaurant editors respectively. They will become Eat Out’s eyes and ears on the ground – visiting restaurants, talking to chefs, eating and reviewing, and gathering news stories.
Lamb describes the reason behind the changes: “Though Eat Out has seen immeasurable success in the last 20 years, we never rest on our laurels. The three new additions to our team is part of our evolution, which includes growing our audience and staying relevant to them. I can’t wait to see how Zola, Kholeka and Margot’s contributions will shape our brand.”