Following the success of the inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards last year, the first objective restaurant awards in Indonesia, FoodieS Magazine and Reflections proudly present Jakarta’s Best Eats Award 2019 with the adhering mission to acknowledge world-class dining experiences and remarkable culinary profiles in the city.

Indonesia’s First Objective Restaurant Awards

Inspired by the rise of local food-driven culture, Jakarta’s Best Eats was launched in December 2017 with the purpose to scrutinize and recognize outstanding dining establishments amidst the rigorous competition in the capital’s ever-evolving dining scene. By appointing a panel of experts and well-respected judges in the culinary industry, Jakarta’s Best Eats have selected and inaugurated the Top 40 restaurants in Jakarta with special mentions to Kaum Jakarta as Restaurant of the Year, Ragil Imam Wibowo of Nusa Gastronomy as Chef of the Year and Leòn as Bar of the Year.

Encouraging A World-Class Dining Scene

With the unprecedented growth of the culinary industry in Jakarta, creating delicious rivalries and innovative dining trends, FoodieS Magazine together with the pioneer bottled mineral water in the country, Reflections, capitalize on the hits and misses of the industry and together with a panel of “gastronome’ judges, the search for world-class dining venues and culinary profiles continues. Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards 2019 will continue to provide an expert eye to inform local and international diners alike about the creative talents behind Jakarta’s lucrative culinary industry and inspire chefs and restaurateurs to continuously develop world-class dining experiences.

Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS Magazine said, “As the world of food and restaurants continues to evolve, Jakarta’s Best Eats is excited to evolve along with it. With these immense changes, it is always exciting to see new restaurants and chefs with new concepts and ideas taking up the spotlight. We are keeping the essences of Jakarta’s Best Eats Award alive, that is to encourage culinary creativity and excellence, drive the local scene to even greater heights and help ensure that every night is fully booked at the restaurants.”

Jakarta’s Best Eats Judging

Jakarta’s Best Eats has assembled a panel of reputable industry experts from diverse backgrounds and specialties, to ensure a credible, honest and ethical judging process. The judging panel includes:
1. Odilia Wineke – Food Writer
2. Yuda Bustara – Celebrity Chef
3. Hans Danial – Food Blogger
4. Jed Doble – Publisher, FoodieS Magazine
5. Ade Putri Paramadita – Food Storyteller
6. Linda Tan – Gourmand
7. Rinrin Marinka – Celebrity Chef
8. Tantra Tobing – Gourmand & Lifestyle Blogger
9. Ethan Lim – VP Marketing Danone AQUA

Restaurants will be segmented and compete in one of three categories:
1. Fine Dining: venues making an illustrious effort in the pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement.
2. Upmarket Venues: venues going the extra mile to provide foodies with smart, conceptual dining in an inviting ambiance.
3. Casual Dining: venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, lively and straightforward food and beverage experiences.

The establishments will be judged on the following criteria:
50% – Cuisine, based on taste, creativity, and execution
20% – Quality of service
20% – Drinks menu or wine list
10% – Interior design or character

Judges will base their decisions on the above criteria. Each judge can only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All visits to the restaurant were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury and without any incentives or endorsements as part of the judging process.

This year, aside from the judges, Jakarta’s Best Eats will form a Chefs Academy which will form part of the voting panel. Consisting of expert chefs, members of the Chefs Academy will be invited to vote for their best restaurants in the city, and these votes will form part of the final decision that will ultimately shape the Jakarta’s Best Eats list. The Chefs Academy will act as additional palates and eyes, enabling the judging panel to obtain a wider sample of expert votes. The Top 40 Restaurants will then be revealed during the Gala Awards Night in April 2019.

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