Five 2017 finalists announced

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Shisanyama has become synonymous with authentic food, friends, family and good times. And, of course, loads and loads of flame-grilled meat. The Shisa Nyama Awards were created in recognition of the value of this South African cultural phenomenon.

The judging process kicked off on June this year in Durban, when a team of 5 judges comprising editors, food critics and renowned caterers visited 20 of the city’s hottest venues.

This is a culinary award with a difference and the only one of its kind in South Africa. The Shisanyama Awards recognises and rewards excellence in food, service, venue and ambience. The Awards also aims to drive business to the outlets and to stimulate township tourism in a real, more engaging way.

It’s about celebrating and growing small businesses – the more establishments like these thrive, the greater the impact on their communities and the economy.

Durban’s top five venues were selected through the grueling judging process (which, let’s face it, involved eating loads of flame-grilled meat) and ranked according to a 50-point scoring system. These are:

 Mashamplanez, Chesterville
 Cafe Skyzer, Chesterville
 Artizen Restaurant & Lounge, KwaMashu
 One and Only, KwaMashu
 Comfort Zone Jazz Lounge, Inanda

Special mention has been given to The Joint and Metro Gents.

All have been invited to cook at the next Shisanyama Festival, to be held 2 September at Eyadini Lounge, uMlazi.