The Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence were held on Monday 31 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Hospitality operators across a broad range of categories were recognised for consistently providing exceptional service and demonstrating culinary excellence.

The winners across this year’s major categories included:

  • The Artisan Café, Blackwood — Café of the Year;
  • Epicure, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide — Caterer of the Year;
  • Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Adelaide — Restaurant of the Year; Contemporary Australian 2017 Hall of Fame Award;
  • Nicci Bugeja & Maria Rosella, Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar — Lifetime Achiever Award;
  • Coffee Amigo, Salisbury — Consumer Vote Award;
  • Chianti — Italian Formal 2017 Hall of Fame Award.

In addition to receiving major awards, Blackwood’s Artisan Café also received the award for Café Dining, Metro South West, while The Botanic Gardens Restaurant also won the award for Contemporary Australian – Restaurant – Formal – City.

Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO Juliana Payne congratulated each of the finalists and winners of the Awards.

“On behalf of the association, it is my great pleasure to congratulate the individual winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence in South Australia,” she says.

“Tonight’s Awards provide well-deserved recognition to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on South Australia’s culinary scene and have well and truly put the State on the map as far as culinary excellence is concerned.

“Put simply, there is no industry without the many restaurateurs, café owners and caterers who work incredibly hard with their teams to deliver an outstanding culinary experience for thousands of customers walking through the door each year.

“In addition to each of the finalists for 2017, I’d also to thank everyone behind the scenes whose hard work goes into making this Awards night possible.”

Some of the winning businesses will compete at the national Awards for Excellence held at Peninsula in Melbourne on Monday 30 October.

For a full list of winners click here.

ImageNicci Bugeja & Maria Rosella, Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar, winners of the Lifetime Achiever Award. Credit:

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