Fairfax’s Good Food Guide goes national
The Good Food Guide 2018 will feature dining destinations from across Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The Age Good Food Guide launched in 1979, followed by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 1984 and, most recently, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2015. Now, for the first time, hats will be awarded across all capital cities in every Australian state and territory from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne to Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
The Good Food Guide 2018 merges the three previous Good Food Guides and will include all states nationally, continuing to award the best-of-the-best restaurants via its ‘hat’ rating system.
“It will be really exciting to see new names and dining establishments from all around Australia become hatted when the guide is published later on this year,” said Good Food Guide 2018 co-editor Roslyn Grundy
The expansion of the guide into every Australian state, territory and select regional areas will create a significantly larger competition-pool for Good Food accolades, as well as new review and recognition opportunities for chefs, bars, cafes and restaurants that previously didn’t fall within Good Food Guide remits.
As part of the guide going national, the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year and Citi Chef of the Year will be awarded nationally.
The Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award will also go national, with applications currently open to chefs from across the country until June 1, 2017. Previous winners of the award include Mark Best, Dan Hong and Mitch Orr.
“Our defining strength, and the reason why people trust the Good Food Guide, is the independence of our critics. We’re stringent when it comes to judging. That means we look at service, ambience, X-factor, and – most importantly – food, to award those all-important hats,” said co-editor Myffy Rigby.
Reviewers always visit anonymously and all meals are paid for to ensure credibility and objectivity.
Distribution of the guide will also increase in line with the national focus and will be on sale in newsagents across Australia, as well as online. The national Good Food Guide 2018 will retail for $29.95.