The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014 saw around 140 steakhouses competing to win the crown and become South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion for 2014.
The public battled it out by voting, on steakhunter.co.za, and their favourite five steakhouses went to the judges' round – and ultimately it was The Local Grill that claimed top honours for the second year running.
The Final Five Steakhouses for 2014 (in alphabetical order):
Fahrenheit (Edenvale) - Johannesburg, Gauteng
HQ (Cape Town) – Western Cape
The Godfather (Centurion) – Pretoria, Gauteng
The Local Grill (Parktown North) – Johannesburg, Gauteng
Theo’s Grill (Mouille Point) – Western Cape
The judges visited all five finalists multiple times during June and while these five are South Africa's favourites for 2014, when it came to judging, two of the five, both in Gauteng, stood out above the rest: Parktown North's The Local Grill and Centurion's The Godfather.
Ultimately, it was The Local Grill's expertise in all matters meat, consistent service and accurate grilling that makes them, for the second year in a row, South Africa's Steakhouse Champion, with The Godfather in Centurion as the worthy Runner-Up.
The 2014 Champion was announced on 24 June at an impressive function in Johannesburg, hosted by last year’s winner, The Local Grill in Parktown North.
All five finalists were present as well as an excited group of media and friends from the industry. Steve Maresch, owner of The Local Grill, and his dedicated and passionate team pulled out all the stops at the luncheon, treating the guests to a four-course lunch, served with The Wolftrap wine; including delicious 90-day aged Charolais Sirloin from Karan Beef.
The room erupted in jubilation when outstanding hosts, The Local Grill, were announced as The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion for the second time, and Steve Kobrin of The Godfather Restaurant in Centurion received the Runner-Up award.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014 consisted of three rounds. The first round or Open Round involved the public whereby South Africans voted for their favourite steakhouse. The Top 20 were then announced and the public then again selected their Top 5.
These five were visited, unannounced, by expert judges Pete Goffe-Wood, Reuben Riffel and Arnold Tanzer and were assessed according to a strict score sheet.
This makes The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships a blend of public involvement and expert arbitration – and the ultimate winner is therefore not only very good indeed, but also a public favourite.
For the winner the spoils: the ultimate bragging rights of being the Champion for a year, and also a full year’s supply of The Wolftrap wine.