Making its second entry in South Africa since its debut launch in 2016, the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award acknowledges a restaurant that brings its customers seasonal, local and responsibly produced food.
The award was launched to acknowledge the inspiring work that is already being done in the hospitality sector, and to increase awareness of the many ways in which a restaurant can become an economically and environmentally sustainable business.
According to Justin Smith, group head of sustainability, Woolworths Holdings, the aim of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award is to inspire readers and members of the food industry to reduce their impact, create greater awareness about responsible sourcing and eating, and to reward a restaurant that has shown true commitment in this regard.
Following last year’s award event, some of the criteria for the 2017 award have been slightly revised following feedback from the judges and participating restaurants.
Entrants will be judged on a strict set of criteria, which include:
- The sourcing of meat, seafood and fresh produce
- The design of menus
- The impact of the restaurant on its surrounding communities
- Treatment of staff
- Use of resources like water and electricity
- Efforts to recycle
To enter, restaurants are invited to complete the entry form, which lists the criteria against which they will be judged.
Interested parties, whether chefs, restaurant owners, food producers or diners themselves, are encouraged to read the entry form, which contains all the benchmarks, here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form.
All criteria need to have been met for six months or longer in order for a restaurant to qualify. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2017.