The 2018 Good Food Guide Awards will be announced on Monday 16 October, with 700 food industry professionals converging at The Star Sydney to celebrate the official launch of the 2018 Good Food Guide.

Awards will be bestowed for Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Young Chef of the Year, as well as other categories.

For the first time in the 38-year history of the Good Food Guide and the Good Food Guide Awards, accolades and coveted ‘hats’ will be awarded to restaurants Australia-wide in line with the Guide going national.

More than 500 restaurants nationwide were reviewed for the 2018 Guide. The best of the bunch will be awarded hats, symbolised by a chef’s toque.

The 2018 Chef of the Year finalists are:

  • Aaron Turner, Igni (Geelong, Vic)
  • Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s (Paddington, NSW)
  • Dan Puskas, Sixpenny (Stanmore, NSW)
  • Dave Verheul, the Town Mouse and Embla (Carlton, VIC)
  • Josh Niland, Saint Peter (Paddington, NSW)

The 2018 New Restaurant of the Year is awarded to the most exciting opening in the past 12 months. The finalists for this category are:

  • The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store (New Norfolk, TAS)
  • Fred’s (Paddington, NSW)
  • Lulu La Delizia (Subiaco, WA)
  • Osteria Ilaria (Melbourne, VIC)
  • Saint Peter (Paddington, NSW)

The 2018 Regional Restaurant of the Year finalists are:

  • The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store (New Norfolk, TAS)
  • Brae (Hunter Valley, NSW)
  • Clementine (Yass, NSW)
  • Fleet (Brunswick Heads, NSW)
  • Igni (Geelong, Vic)

The 2018 Bar of the Year finalists are:

  • Above Board (Collingwood, VIC)
  • Arlechin (Melbourne, VIC)
  • The Dolphin (Surry Hills, NSW)
  • The Gresham (Brisbane, QLD)
  • Wyno (Surry Hills, NSW)

Image: Danielle Alvarez, Josh Niland and Daniel Puskas. Credit: Good Food

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