2018 finalists

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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 Shisanyama Awards were created in recognition of the value of this South African cultural phenomenon.

The judging process kicked off in May this year in Durban, when a team of 5 judges comprising editors, food critics and renowned caterers are visiting 22 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 will be announced in July and will have been chosen based on a 50-point scoring system.

All will be invited to cook at the next Shisanyama Festival, to be held 1 & 2 September at Eyadini Lounge, uMlazi.