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AUSTRALIA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS FOOD AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Australia’s best chefs, sommeliers and dining establishments were honoured tonight as Melbourne played host to the national Good Food Guide Awards for the first time – marking the official launch of the 2019 Good Food Guide.

 

Announced at a sit-down, black-tie event at Crown Melbourne and presented by long-term principal partners Vittoria Coffee and Citi, the Awards saw the best and brightest of Australian food and wine turn out to celebrate.

 

Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Orana (SA) nabbed the night’s top honour of Vittoria Restaurant of the Year – following his win in the Food for Good category last year, while Peter Gilmore (Quay, NSW) took out the prestigious Citi Chef of the Year award, and Jodie Odrowaz (Iki Jime, VIC) was named the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year.

 

 

New Restaurant of the Year was awarded to Laura (VIC), while Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year went to the much-lauded Brae (VIC). This is also the first year the national awards has been held in Melbourne, with support from Visit Victoria.

 

In addition to the Awards, tonight’s event unveiled this year’s edition of Australia’s most prestigious annual food bible – the Good Food Guide 2019

 

The Guide of independent, anonymous reviews is written by a panel of trusted restaurant critics and recognises the best Australian restaurants nationally with ‘hats’, symbolised by a chef’s toque.

 

To secure a coveted spot in the Guide, restaurants in New South Wales and Victoria must score at least 14 out of 20, while all other states must score a minimum of 15. 

 

To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history, and the term ‘hatted’ has become embedded in the Australian lexicon.

 

The 2019 edition of the Good Food Guide has been published by respected lifestyle publishers Simon & Schuster Australia, marking the start of a three-year publishing partnership with Fairfax Media that strengthens the Guide’s national expansion. 

 

More than 500 restaurants from DarwinHobart, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra were reviewed, with 264 of these receiving hat status, ranging from one to three.

 

Only seven restaurants nationally achieved the top accolade of three hats, and they include Attica (VIC), Brae (VIC), Momofuku Seiobo (NSW), Minamishima (VIC), Quay (NSW), Restaurant Orana (SA) and Sixpenny (NSW).

 

 

The catalogue of influential Guide editors includes founding editors Claude Forell in Melbourne and Leo Schofield in Sydney – along with Terry Durack, Jill Dupleix and Matthew Evans – who have charted the growth of the restaurant industry in Australia, and helped to shape it. 

 

It is this rich 39-year tradition that the 2019 Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby upholds, ensuring the Guide remains Australia’s pre-eminent restaurant bible.

 

“The second annual national Good Food Guide is a reflection of the thousands of voices that make Australia one of the most diverse and delicious places to eat in the world. The Guide is a celebration of the industry as a whole. Every one of the restaurants featured is a summation of all those moving parts. We recognise the hard work of all those Australian restaurants and everything they do to enrich the scene.” 

 

Tanya Smith, Chief Customer Officer at Citi Australia said, “It’s no secret that Australians love their food, with Citi cardholders spending more than $400 million on dining over the past 12 months.” 

 

“We are passionate about our sponsorship of the Good Food Guide. It’s a fantastic way to recognise Australia’s top talent, enabling us to continue our support of an industry that consistently rewards and delights our customers. This sponsorship is just one part of our Citibank Dining Program, which also sees us partner with more than 450 partner restaurants Australia wide to offer customers a complimentary bottle of wine when they dine.”

 

Rolando Schirato, Managing Director of Vittoria Food & Beverage said, “Now in our 18th year of being principal sponsors of these awards, Vittoria Coffee are avid supporters of the restaurant industry. We’re continually amazed by the vision, innovation and creativity Australian restaurants produce night after night on a world stage. We salute all winners tonight and look forward to a great year ahead oVf dining.”

 

Main award winners

  • Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Orana (SA) is the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year
  • Peter Gilmore, Quay (NSW), is the Citi Chef of the Year
  • Laura (VIC) is the New Restaurant of the Year
  • Brae (VIC) is Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year
  • Jodie Odrowaz (Iki Jime, VIC) is the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year
  • Bar of the Year is The Dolphin Hotel Wine Room (NSW)
  • 506 restaurants were reviewed for the second national 2019 Good Food Guide
  • This is the 39th year that a Good Food Guide has been published
  • 59 independent, anonymous food reviewers contributed to the 2019 Good Food Guide

 

GEOGRAPHICAL STATS

Hats by capital city

CITY

ONE HAT  

TWO HATS  

THREE HATS

MELBOURNE  

51

14

2

SYDNEY

50

25

3

CANBERRA

7

1

 

BRISBANE

9

3

 

HOBART

3

1

 

PERTH

12

 

 

 

Hats by state 

STATE  

ONE HAT  

TWO HATS  

THREE HATS

VIC

69

19

3

NSW

68

29

3

ACT

7

1

 

QLD

18

4

 

TAS

5

2

 

WA

15

4

 

 


Published: 8 October 2018


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