The annual Appetite for Excellence program has announced its Young Restaurateur and Young Waiter finalists for 2017.

The news comes a week after the announcement of the Young Chef finalists.

The program, which gives participants the opportunity to take part in educational masterclasses, produce tours and industry networking events, boasts an esteemed panel of judges including Burnt Ends’ David Pynt, Africola’s Duncan Welgemoed, est. Restaurant’s Peter Doyle, Stokehouse’s Richard Ousby & Muse Restaurant’s Troy Rhoades-Brown.

The 19 finalists will later this year embark on a produce tour around Queensland’s food and drink regions, from the southern Queensland hinterland to the Sunshine Coast, and for the first time ever, Appetite for Excellence is this year giving two members of the public the chance to win a place on the annual six day tour this July.

The itinerary includes visits to beef and pork producers, fishermen, beverage makers and fruit and vegetables growers. The finalists and winners will also learn about soil management and sustainability practices.

2017 Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur national finalists

  • Cam O’Keefe – Centra, VIC
  • Dan Moss – Terroir Auburn, SA
  • Erin Jordan – The Catbird Seat Bistro, QLD
  • Thi Le – Anchovy, VIC

2017 Electrolux Australian Young Waiter state finalists

  • Andrew Gale–  Grossi Florentino, VIC
  • George Papaioannou – Sixpenny, NSW
  • Gui Fen Wong – Golden Boy, SA
  • James Boden – St Hugo, SA
  • Lara Graham – Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, QLD
  • Mia McIntyre – Ecco BistrO, QLD
  • Morgan Golledge – Blackbird Bar and Grill, QLD
  • Richard Trezzi – Otto Ristorante, NSW
  • Stacey Paris – Otto Ristorante, NSW
  • Tatum Rumble – Quay Restaurant, NSW


People wanting to enter the competition to attend the produce tour must visit this link and share one thing that you’d love to find out from a farmer, harvester or fisher.


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