Most sustainable restaurant sought

Entries are now open for the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award.
“We launched the award to acknowledge the one restaurant leading the pack in South Africa,” says Eat Out editor, Linda Scarborough.

“We’re looking for an awareness of not just the environment and higher animal welfare standards in farming, but of human health and social justice, too.”

Since the award’s inception in 2016, more restaurant owners have worked to make connections with their farmers, asking for proof of claims from suppliers, taking steps to improve their own methods and menus, and thus improving the education of their consumers.

“We hope to continue and encourage this trend to foster sustainable practices in South Africa,” Says Ms Scarborough.

Entries will be judged on a strict set of criteria in three categories: responsible sourcing, community impact and environmental impact. Scores are allocated for the sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce; the design of menus; the impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities; treatment of staff; use of resources like water and electricity; and efforts to recycle, amongst other measures.

The judges for this year’s Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award are Pavitray Pillay of WWF-SASSI, Sonia Mountford of Eategrity and Karen Welter of the Longtable Project.

The winner will be announced at the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, which will be held in November.

Restaurants may complete the entry form, which lists the criteria against which they will be judged. All criteria need to have been met for six months or longer in order for a restaurant to qualify.

Visit to down load the entry form, contact to request a form. The closing date for entries is Friday August 31.

For more information about the competition contact Phumi Mdima on 021 447 8048 or