Meat wholesalers, steakhouses and steak lovers of South Africa unite, ready your knives and prepare for battle, because the annual hunt is on for South Africa’s next Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion.
First launched in 2013, the Wolftrap Championship happens during the first half of the year: from 1 – 30 April the public is encouraged to vote for their favourite steakhouse (daily on Facebook or via SMS); the top 20 are announced on Facebook on 1 May; and the expert panel then begin the arduous task of paring down the list. The names of the top five are disclosed on 1 June, and the finalist round happens between 6 – 10 June with the winner announced at the Award Ceremony on Tuesday 21 June at Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks – the current Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion.
Not only does the new Steakhouse Champion get to wear the winner’s mantle for the year, it also wins a full year’s supply of Wolftrap wines, produced by Boekenhoutskloof – a farm in Franschhoek that won Platters Winery of the Year 2012. Last year saw around 140 steakhouses compete and this year should be no different. Once the 20 semi-finalists have been identified, the judges set out incognito to evaluate each establishment according to a strict score card – once the 20 have been whittled down to five, the judges revisit, this time openly to do a final check. While the main focus is obviously on the quality of the steak (the better the meat wholesaler, the better the steak, the better the steakhouse), the experience is rated holistically from the moment of arrival until departure. In all there are 38 questions that cover the following areas from start to finish:
- How the reservation and arrival is handled;
- Whether the restaurant qualifies as a steakhouse according to the rules;
- The waiter or waitress’ friendliness and efficiency;
- If the waiter or waitress can explain the drinks list and the menu, including specials;
- If the waiter or waitress is knowledgeable about the beef options;
- How diverse the beef options are;
- Whether the steak was cooked to order and had good flavour and the right texture for the cut (multiple questions);
- The quality of the chips;
- The quality of the sauces;
- The quality of the sides;
- General hygiene of establishment;
- Comfort levels of establishment;
- Management involvement;
- And how the bill was handled and the farewell.
To vote for your favourite steak house find Steakhunter on Facebook or visit Steakhunter for more on their SMS option – and be sure to contact N1, best-quality meat wholesaler, for all your high-quality steak and other meat product requirements today.