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The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships: 2017 Winners Announced!


Vote for your favourite spot to grab a grill in this year’s Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships.

[UPDATE 21 July 2017]  Rare Grill in Kenilworth takes top honours with Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks the runner up and The Local Grill in Parktown North in third place.

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships results for 2017 are:


  1. Rare Grill, Kenilworth
  2. Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks (2015 Champion)
  3. The Local Grill, Parktown North (2013, 2014 and 2016 Champion)
  4. The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria
  5. The Cricketer, East London
  6. Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom
  7. HQ, Cape Town
  8. Karoo Cattle and Land, Irene, Pretoria
  9. Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg
  10. The Grumpy Griller, George


Newcomer of the Year: Rare Grill, Kenilworth

Steakhouse Legend of the Year: The Godfather, Centurion

Chain Steakhouse of the Year: The Cattle Baron Group


This marks the first Cape winner in the five years of The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships. The runner up, Little Havana from Umhlanga Rocks was the winner in 2015, and in third place, The Local Grill from Parktown North, has an incredible three titles to its name.

Rare Grill owner Greg Bax was overwhelmed to claim the Championship title, as well as Newcomer of the Year, a new award this year. “For an intimate steakhouse like Rare Grill, such an accolade is really going to put us on the map!” Bax said. Pete Goffe-Wood, head judge, added: “Rare Grill is a gem, an owner-operated steakhouse where Greg personally mans the grill and takes immense pride in the quality of his beef.”


 How The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2017 Works

May: Public Voting Round and Weekly Prizes

During the month of May anyone can vote for their favourite steakhouse, via Facebook, and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes of The Wolftrap wines as well as Braai Hampers.

June: Judges Round

Then, in June, the Top 10 steakhouses, that were the highest placed on the leaderboard, move into the second round of the competition. These 10 finalists are visited unannounced and scored according to a set of strict criteria, by a team of expert judges, led by Pete Goffe-Wood, well-known Masterchef judge; to identify which steakhouse truly is the Champion.

July: Awards Ceremony

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion for 2017 will then be announced at the Awards Event hosted by last year’s winner, The Local Grill, Parktown North, Gauteng, on 18th July.

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships is now in its fifth year. Previous winners are: Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks (2015); The Local Grill, Parktown North (2013, 2014 and 2016) -PICTURED

[RELATED: 2016 Wolftrap Steakhouse Champion ]

How do people vote for their favourite steakhouse?

All voting takes place on www.facebook.com/SteakHunter. Each voter is allowed only one vote for one restaurant, during the month of May. A list of steakhouses is available on the Facebook voting page. Should a favourite steakhouse not be on the list, it can be added to the list if the steakhouse complies with the competition’s specifications.

 What defines a Steakhouse? 

A steakhouse is a restaurant that specialises in grilled beef and that has a menu solely based on steak or with a clear and dominant section of the menu dedicated to steak and grills. It should be clear that steak is the primary focus of the restaurant.

What are the judges looking for? 

Judges rate the steakhouses according to a wide-ranging, standardised scoresheet which examines all aspects of dining out and encompasses the total experience, but focusses on the quality of the steak and the side dishes that are part of a steak meal.

Steakhouse Championships Awards and Prizes

In addition to Awards for the Top Ten Steakhouses and the Trophy for the 2017 Steakhouse of the Year, this year there will be further Special Awards, including but not limited to: Newcomer of the Year, Chain Steakhouse of the Year and Steakhouse Legend of the Year.

The 2017 Champion will also receive one 12-bottle case of The Wolftrap wine each week for the duration of the Championship year and will host the following year’s Championships Awards ceremony.


 The Top 10 Finalists, as voted by the public, have been announced. They now enter the Judges Round of the competition.

  • Beef Boys Grill, Potchefstroom – North West
  • HQ, Cape Town – Western Cape  
  • Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu Natal
  • Karoo Cattle and Land – Irene, Pretoria – Gauteng
  • Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks – KwaZulu Natal (2015 Champion)
  • Rare Grill, Kenilworth – Western Cape
  • The Cricketer, East London – Eastern Cape
  • The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria – Gauteng
  • The Grumpy Griller, George – Southern Cape
  • The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg – Gauteng (2013, 2014 and 2016 Champion)


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