Finalists for the 2018 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS National Awards for Excellence have been announced.
The Awards for Excellence program formally recognises hospitality operators across a broad range of categories who consistently provide exceptional service and demonstrate culinary excellence in their respective fields.
“The National Awards for Excellence is one of the highlights of the year from the association’s standpoint and we are delighted to recognise some of the country’s finest hospitality institutions as standard-bearers for our industry,” says Juliana Payne, R&CA CEO.
“These operators have already been awarded honours at a state and territory level so all of the nominated finalists can say that they are each at the very top of their field.”
Restaurant of the Year
ACT Les Bistronomes, Braddon
NSW – Regional Circa 1876, Pokolbin
NSW – Sydney Tetsuya’s, Sydney
QLD ARIA, Brisbane
SA Magill Estate Restaurant, Magill
VIC Taxi Kitchen, Melbourne
WA Rambla On Swan, South Perth
Café of the Year
The Tea Lounge — Hyatt Hotel Canberra — A Park Hyatt Hotel, Yarralumla
NSW — Regional Burrawang General Store, Burrawang
NSW — Sydney Café Patina, Wahroonga
QLD Room with Roses, Brisbane
SA Café Alere, Bedford Park
VIC Spitfire Restaurant & Grill, Rosebud
WA Nic & Kolo, Applecross
Chef of the Year
ACT Damian Brabender — Otis Dining
NSW Joel Bickford — Aria
QLD Jake Nicolson — Blackbird Bar and Grill
SA Tom Jack — Mitolo Wines
VIC Dan Hunter — Brae
WA Jed Gerrard — State Buildings Wildflower
Read the full finalists list here.