Kitchens from around 52 eateries in the capital and coastal towns are heating up as they sharpen their knives and stir the saucepans in preparation of the exciting third gastronomic competition of its kind in Namibia.
FNB Restaurant Week is a culinary experience in which restaurants in Windhoek, Swakopmund and in Walvis Bay take part in different categories to compete for the crown as the star restaurants in the respective categories.
Participants are working hard to putting their best dish forward.
The competition, which aims to support great food, service and affordability, is centred on contributing towards uplifting the hospitality industry, and drawing in public voting.
The different categories which include full restaurants, cafés, bistro’s and franchises from the three major towns, licks off today and runs until September 3.
Among the participating eateries here at the coast are husband and wife team of Maggi and Bill Ackerman, of Fork ‘n Nice who were last year’s winners in the Café/Bistro category.
As owners of this unusual bright yellow beachfront food truck, they are preparing a special dish to place on the menu for this coming competition, and are hoping to nab the crown twice in a row.
“We are very excited to take part in this up-coming competition, in which we will run a delicious fish and calamari combo special during the Restaurant Week,” says Maggi.
The busy couple operate out of the first of its kind American style food truck in Namibia, serving freshly prepared mouth watering fish & chips, calamari & chips, Cuban sandwiches and tortilla wraps at very reasonable prices.
“We were so honoured to have won this prestigious award,” Maggi says.
The accolade has contributed towards an increased awareness of their business, which has experienced growing support from the local community as well as overseas clients.
“We offer a simple menu, but our food is fresh and delicious and very affordable,” Maggi explains whilst wrapping a portion of fish and chips in paper.
“We have already worked through two seasons and know how busy it gets, with people queuing for nearly an hour waiting for their orders, because we prepare and cook the food on the spot, and our customers know that our food is worth waiting for.
“We are proud to be associated with the Restaurant Week, which supports great food, good wine, great service and togetherness.
The competition is centred on contributing towards uplifting and highlighting customer service in the hospitality industry, and our intention is to act as the catalyst to increase the service and hospitality experience in Namibia,” FNB’s marketing officer Sanja van den Berg says.
She firmly believes it will provide a positive experience for all patrons who visit the different restaurants participating in the competition, as well as for the restaurant owners and staff alike.
“Dine out and explore Namibian restaurants at their best, as this year’s event promises to tempt your taste buds,” she says enticingly.
FNB encourages everyone looking forward to a great culinary experience to vote via the FNB Restaurant Week mobile application that people can download via Google Play or the App Store (iOS) thereby ensuring they will keep up to date.