Regional Victorian restaurant Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering Hotel has been named 2012 Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant and Catering Australia's annual award for excellence.
The 2012 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence were announced last night in Brisbane with 211 restaurants and 68 caterers from metropolitan and regional areas across the country recognised for their outstanding work.
Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering Hotel was also named Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, up against other finalists including Sepia, Jacques Reymond, Sage, Restaurant Sanctuary, Spicers Peak Lodge and 1907 Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.
Sydney caterer Eurest (Australia, Westpac Banking Group was named Caterer of the Year.
The awards were a culmination of awards from nine events held around Australia with around 1400 businesses
participating in the 2012 program.
Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive officer John Hart said the awards were "an important moment as the industry pauses to honour these outstanding venues for their great talent, innovation and commitment and to celebrate such well-deserved accolades”.
The full list of winners:
Caterer of the Year - Eurest (Australia) – Westpac Banking Group, Sydney
Restaurant of the Year - Eleonore's Restaurant – Chateau Yering Hotel, Yering, VIC
Asian Restaurant - Sake Restaurant & Bar, Brisbane
Bakery / Patisserie - Belle Epoque Patisserie, Fortitude Valley, Qld
Breakfast Restaurant - Deckhouse, Woolwich Dock, NSW
BYO Restaurant - Newtown House, Vasse, WA
Café Restaurant - Meridian Café, Marulan, NSW
Chinese Restaurant - Qi'Lin, Toowoomba, Qld
Coffee Shop / Tea House - Café Salt, Charlestown, NSW
Contemporary Australian Restaurant - Ashcrofts Restaurant, Blackheath, NSW
Entertainment Restaurant - Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant, Acton, ACT
European Restaurant - The Old George and Dragon Restaurant, East Maitland, NSW
Family Restaurant - Krish Indian Cuisine – Worongary, Qld
Fine Dining Restaurant - Eleonore's Restaurant, Chateau Yering Hotel, Yering, NSW
Greek Restaurant - Hellenic Republic, East Brunswick, Vic
Indian / Sub-Continent Restaurant - Spice N Flavour, Mackay, Qld
Italian Restaurant - Assaggio Ristorante, Hyde Park, SA
Mexican Restaurant - Muchos Mexican, Newcastle, NSW
New Restaurant - Soju Girl, Canberra City
Pizza Restaurant - Hugos Bar Pizza, Kings Cross, NSW
Restaurant in a Hotel / Motel / Resort - Essence, Jupiters Townsville, Qld
Restaurant in a Pub / Club / Tavern - Bistro at Cowboys Leagues Club, Townsville
Restaurant in a Winery - Oakdene Vineyard Restaurant, Wallington, VIC
Seafood Restaurant - The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe, NSW
Small Bar - 1two3 Mediterranean Dining & Lounge Bar, Broadbeach, Qld
Specialty Restaurant - Rumi Restaurant, East Brunswick, VIC
Steak Restaurant - The Cut Bar & Grill, The Rocks, NSW
Thai Restaurant - Thai Royal Restaurant, Centenary Heights, Qld
Tourism Restaurant - Oakdene Vineyard Restaurant, Wallington, VIC
Corporate Caterer - Eurest (Australia), Westpac Banking Group, Sydney
Events Caterer - Forte Catering and Events, Ashfield, Sydney
Function / Convention Centre Caterer - Atlantic Group [V], Docklands, VIC
Industrial / Institutional Caterer - Alliance Catering – Frenshem Schools, Mittagong, NSW
New Caterer - Event Style, Mount Hawthorn, WA
Restaurant Caterer - Mariosarti, Bardon, Bardon, Qld
Site-Contract Caterer - Alliance Catering - Australian Institute of Sport, Bruce, ACT
Small Caterer - Ed Dixon Food Design, Abbotsford, VIC
Venue Caterer - Sydney Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour, NSW
Wedding Caterer - Jupiters Townsville, Townsville, Qld
Green Table Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
George Mure Memorial Professional Development Award - Crown Melbourne Limited, Southbank