The 2017 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Hostplus National Awards for Excellence were held in Melbourne’s Peninsula on 29 October, celebrating the achievements of Australia’s finest hospitality businesses.

Cafés, restaurants and catering businesses demonstrating exceptional service, culinary excellence and value for money were recognised at the event across 41 categories.

The award winners from each category were determined by individual judges trained in the Restaurant and Catering Evaluation System (RACES) program.

The award winners across the major categories for 2017 included:

▪ Café of the Year — The Artisan Café, Blackwood (South Australia)

▪ Caterer of the Year — Events by Aria — Carriage Works, Sydney (New South Wales)

▪ Restaurant of the Year — Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Sydney (New South Wales)

Restaurant & Catering (R&CA) CEO Juliana Payne congratulated each of the national award winners on behalf of the Association, praising their individual contributions to Australia’s hospitality industry.

“The winners of this year’s awards, both at a national and a state level, have each demonstrated sustained excellence in their craft which we are delighted to recognise here tonight,” says Payne.

“The enormous hard work, dedication and passion of these business owners and their staff is what makes Australia’s hospitality industry up there with the best in the world. This is reflected in the fact that domestic and international tourists consistently rank dining out as one of their most preferred activities whilst on holiday.”

Payne also commended the various finalists and award winners recognised throughout the 2017 awards season, while encouraging hospitality businesses to enter the 2018 awards.

“At the six separate awards events held over the last three months, hundreds of hospitality businesses all throughout Australia have been acknowledged for their achievements,” says Payne.

“This year’s awards season has been nothing short of an outstanding success and the Association is grateful for the efforts of a number of individuals who have made this all possible.”

The winners and finalists from the various State Awards can be accessed on R&CA’s website.

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