During the month of April anyone can vote for their favourite steakhouse, via Facebook and SMS, and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes of The Wolftrap wines.
Then, in May, the 20 steakhouses that were the highest placed move into the second round of the competition. These 20 are visited (unannounced) by our team of expert judges, led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known Masterchef judge. The judges will identify the best five from the 20, and these will be revisited to see which truly is the Steakhouse Champion.
How do people vote for their favourite steakhouse?
All voting takes place on www.facebook.com/SteakHunter and via SMS to 32845. Each voter is allowed one Facebook vote and one SMS vote per day during the month of April. A list of steakhouses is available on the Facebook voting page. Should a favourite steakhouse not be on the list, it can be added to the list if the steakhouse complies with the competition’s specifications.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion for 2016 will then be announced at the Awards Event hosted by last year’s winner, Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks, Kwazulu Natal, in June.
What defines a steakhouse?
A steakhouse is a restaurant that specialises in grilled beef and that has a menu based on steak or a clear and dominant section of the menu dedicated to steak. If it is a section of the menu, this needs to form the most substantial part of the whole menu. Restaurants that offer pizza, pasta, sushi and steak are unlikely to qualify as steakhouses.
What are the judges looking for?
Judges rate the steakhouses according to a wide-ranging, standardised scoresheet which examines all aspects of dining out and encompasses the total experience, but focusses on the quality of the steak and the side dishes that are part of a steak meal.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is now in its fourth year.
Previous winners are: The Local Grill, Parktown North (2013 and 2014); Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks (2015).