On Thursday 21 February, we reached out to acknowledge and reward the unsung heroes of the media, food and beverage industries. Silently in the background, these exceptional individuals aim to assist consumer based businesses through marketing, technology solutions or otherwise, but it also honours individuals whose consumer based business ventures really took off in 2018.
The delightful Nomad Bistro & bar went all out for us when hosting these events, with the night proceeding better than ever as guest after guest entered the red carpet with a variety of Newlands Spring beer.
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Reaching the final evening for week one of the Cape Town Experiences Awards 2019, the team is overwhelmed by not only the public response, but also the wonderfully inspirational individuals and businesses that we have had the privileged of meeting this past week.
True the nature of this popular live music and comedy venue, the stage was alight with live music, lights, camera and loads of action! Our hosts Sachi Okada and Kolping Mbumba kept the audience engaged as winner after winner received their awards on stage after The Guy is Alive graced us all with their musical talents. We would like to thank all our sponsors who helped make this a possibility to create this incredible awards ceremony.
So without further adue --
It is our pleasure to announce the nominees and winners of each award in the Media & Biz category;
AWARD: Friend of the Industry - Food and Beverage
Paddington Station PR
Red Carpet Creative
Little Black Book PR
WINNER: Red Carpet Creative A communications agency specializing in high-end hospitality, wine and luxury-lifestyle brands. Founded in 2009, Red Carpet Concepts has built up an extensive network of national and international A-list media, celebrities and influencers. They provide powerful, streamlined messaging across print, digital and broadcast platforms for direct brand marketing and sustained media presence, delivering consistently high conversion rates.
AWARD: Best Restaurant Support
Cash Flow Capital
WINNER: Cash Flow Capital
Cash Flow Capital's mission is to offer quick and easy finance that allows businesses to keep cash flow in their business accounts, while still having the capital to expand. They are innovative and approachable – a world apart from typical cash advance businesses in the loan market.
AWARD: Rising Star Chef
WINNER: Byron Thebus
AWARD: Stalwart Chef
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
Luke Dale Roberts
WINNER: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen South Africa's first Michelin-star chef, published author, artist and passionate photographer, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen's understanding of the world was forged in the kitchens of his mother and grandmothers. From kneading dough in the farmhouse kitchen of his childhood in Mpumalanga, South Africa to running his own restaurant in Nice, France.
AWARD: Best Online Food Platform
Mr D Food
My Meal Guru - Fitness Maniacs
OrderIn is South Africa’s most affordable food delivery service & app that allows you to order for pickup or delivery. It’s not just pizza on the couch. It’s dinner; a date; a party; or a chance to meet up with your bestie (no judgement if that’s the delivery driver) Delivering across Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg & Bloemfontein.
AWARD: Green Business Award
The Green Straw Company
To promote Sustainable Hospitality and Lifestyle (for homeowners), Green Procurement and Responsible Tourism and help you find eco friendly or greener versions of everything you use every day. They identify the individual products that are eco friendly or 'greener' than their competitors.
AWARD: Most Innovative Tech Solution in the FBi
Where & When
Dineplan is a digital reservation system that is designed to solve the frustrations and difficulties that surround restaurant reservations. This is a cloud-based system that is free and easy to use on any device anywhere across the globe.
AWARD: Entrepreneur of the Year
Belly of the Beast
For this award neither the public nor the judges could reach an accord and such the
it was decided that TWO nominees would be rewarded for sheer excellence of product and service.
TIED WINNERS for Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019:
Riverine Rabbit and Table Seven Riverine Rabbit. Born in Mthatha, raised in Cape Town and inspired by the world at large, Chef Ash Heeger is on a culinary mission. She spent time abroad in Michelin 2 Star kitchens, first with Brett Graham at The Ledbury in Notting Hill, London, followed by 2 years at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Join them for a conscious dining experience in the heart of Cape Town, all ingredients are locally sourced, seasonal & sustainable. Cooked over hot coals in a Josper Oven. Table Seven. With over 14 years of experience in some of the world's top restaurants and hotels, Luke Wonnacott brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to Table Seven. Katie Wonnacott started her career at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, travelled the UK and Mediterranean as a private chef and much more. In 2017 the duo decided to start Table Seven, where they can explore and expand their expertise in the culinary and event industry, always focussing on product and execution.
AWARD: Best Late Night Radio Presenter
The Humble Lord Veezus
WINNER: Sara-Jayne King
Late nights with Sara-Jayne King on Cape Talk. Show times: 23:00 - 01:00
AWARD: Best Radio DJ
DJ Themba (Euphonik)
WINNER: Jason Spikes
Jason Spikes (aka The Mad Scientist) joined the Good Hope FM Team in 2013 as the youngest resident DJ at the station, and has now grown into a steadfast member of the Good Hope FM family. Jason’s skillset is quite versatile, and there isn't much he can't do. Apart from holding many resident DJ spots around Cape Town, Jason hosts an EDM show, The Main Stage, every Friday and Saturday from 10pm-2pm.
AWARD: Best Breakfast Show Radio Presenter
Darren "Whackhead' Simpson
WINNER: Tamara Snow
Radio Personality at GoodhopeFM, MC & Voice Over Artist. When you tune into Good Hope FM you are bound to come across Tamara Snow and her infectious enthusiasm. This Cape Town native is every bit the glam goddess as she is down to earth, enjoying a good old Gatsby and a walk on the beach.
AWARD: Best Travel Blog
Guy with Camera
Come to Cape Town
Cape Town Insider
Fiona Rossiter (Inspired Living)
WINNER: Fiona Rossiter (Inspired Living)
The Inspired Living, Lifestyle & Travel Blog, was created to provide you, the reader, with first-hand experiences, as well as product and travel reviews and relevant brand features, rather than generic information. https://www.inspiredlivingsa.co.za/
AWARD: Best Travel Column
WINNER: Ayanda Mdluli
AWARD: Best Food Blog
Drizzle & Drip
Get InMy Belly
Food Blog Cape Town
I Love Foodies
WINNER: Food Blog Cape Town
On FoodBlogCT, they want to introduce their readers to the huge variety of restaurants in South Africa – unique experiences; different cuisines, different places to fall in love! Having started in 2009 with only a few hundred readers a month, the community has now grown to over 266,000 members on various social media platforms and the www.food-blog.co.za website generating more than 150,000 page views ever single month.
AWARD: Best Food Column
WINNER: Jenny Handley
Founder, curator and author of the award-winning JHP Gourmet Guide, Jenny is a respected global restaurant reviewer. She holds a qualification in food technology and nutrition and is committed to continuously extending her education in food by attending cookery courses globally. Editor of the seasonal online magazine, the Gourmet Guide, Jenny also writes for travel, food and lifestyle publications.
AWARD: Best Entertainment Column
WINNER: Derek Davey
Derek Davey is a sub-editor in the Mail & Guardian’s supplements department who occasionally puts pen to paper. He has irons in many metaphysical fires – music, mantras, mortality and mustaches.
Due to an enormous amount of votes from the public, the judges took note and
are pleased to award the Best Entertainment Column READER'S CHOICE award to
Entertainment writer for Sowetan Live and Sunday World.
AWARD: Best Entertainment Blog
Mr. Cape Town
Cape Town at Night
My City By Night
MyCityByNight is a global entertainment hub, where community comes first. Cape Town, Jozi, Durban… The World- this site is where you’ll find the latest in urban culture presented in full online, unedited splendor.
MCBN (as its affectionately known) aims to provide you, our loyal and much loved blog reader, with relevant (for the most part) content that will keep you in the know should you ever be randomly quizzed by a gypsy.
AWARD: Best Fashion Blog
Nadia Jafta (Birdline)
The Pretty Blog
Jade has always had a love for fashion as it runs in her blood. Jade currently works to bring you an inspirational blog that does not only aim to inspire but to further open the minds of her readers. Keeping things local with big dreams of reaching an international status, readers can relate and learn from the writings and works of Just Jade.
AWARD: Media & Biz Award
WINNER: Ishani Chetty
Qualified journalist and content creator for companies like Cape Town ETC, Getaway Magazine, Cape Business News & more. Has been making waves in the Industry for her content with Cape Town ETC & not afraid to follow a story!
AWARD: Best Photo Blog
Oliver de Bruin
Orms School of Photography
Camps bay girl
WINNER: Orms School of Photography
With more than 15 years of experience in photographic training, they would like to invite you to join them in an inspired exploration of photography. Their vision is to be an incubator for photographic brilliance and a nurturer of an innovative generation of authentic story-tellers.
But the excitement is not over yet!
Stay in tune and watch this space to hear all about our award winners and what they have to offer us!
You can also have a look at who won awards at the Adventures and Tourism awards ceremony and who strutted the red carpet at the Arts and Entertainment evening! Photo credit: Kaashif Stellenboom & Kyle Josephs