Good Food Guide’s 2019 winners
Australia's best chefs, sommeliers and dining establishments were honoured at this year's Good Food Guide Awards, held in Melbourne for the first time.
Restaurant of the Year
Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Orana in South Australia was the frontrunner at this year’s Good Food Guide Awards after being named Vittoria Restaurant of the Year. The announcement was made at this week’s formal black-tie event held at Crown Melbourne, which also marked the official launch of the 2019 Good Food Guide.
Toque of the town
Attica, Brae, Momofuku Seiobo, Minamishima, Quay, Restaurant Orana and Sixpenny also received top honours as the only seven restaurants to achieve the top accolade of three hats at this year’s awards. While the guide recognises some of the nation’s top chefs such as Peter Gilmore, of Sydney’s Quay restaurant, who took out the prestigious Citi Chef of the Year award, it also celebrates rising stars such as Jodie Odrowaz (Iki Jime, in Victoria), who was named the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year.
This was the first time in the guide’s 39-year history that Melbourne played host to the national Good Food Guide Awards, which saw the best and brightest of Australian food and wine turn out to celebrate.
The awards ceremony also awarded the title of New Restaurant of the Year to Laura (Victoria), while Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year went to the much-lauded Brae (Victoria). To secure a coveted spot in the guide, restaurants in NSW and Victoria must score at least 14 out of 20, while all other States must score a minimum of 15. More than 500 restaurants from Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra were reviewed, with 264 of these receiving hat status, ranging from one to three.
New chapter for food bible
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 helped shape the restaurant industry in Australia. 2019 Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby says she is keen to ensure the guide remains Australia’s pre-eminent food bible.
Celebration of hospitality
Rigby says the second annual national Good Food Guide is a reflection of the thousands of voices that make Australia one of the most diverse places to eat in the world. She says the guide is a celebration of the industry as a whole and that 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,” Rigby says.
For the full list of winners and hats at the Good Food Guide Awards, click here.