Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2009Surprise surprise, Sydney based publication Gourmet Traveller announce 9 three-star rated restaurants in Sydney and only 1 in Melbourne.
Sydney's Quay restaurant has been named Restaurant of the Year, the highest accolade for any Australian restaurant, for the second consecutive year at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.
The Awards, announced at an exclusive ceremony last night at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, are the hottest ticket in the dining calendar, and were attended by the cream of the food scene.
Quay chef Peter Gilmore and his team once again emerged victorious from a fiercely competitive field of more than 400 establishments in the new edition of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, the country's only national restaurant guide.
The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, presented in association with SIGNÉ, the boutique drinks division of Pernod Ricard Australia, set the benchmark for quality food, drink and dining. They are announced each year in conjunction with the release of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.
Anthea Loucas, editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller, said: 'It looks like lightning really can strike twice. Since we named Quay Australia's number-one restaurant at last year's awards, it's gone from strength to strength, and is now recognised not only as a local leader but as one of the great restaurants of the world. It's a reflection of just how far dining in Australia has come, and it's something we're very proud to foster and celebrate in Gourmet Traveller.'
The winners are:
-:- Restaurant of the Year - Quay, Sydney, NSW
-:- Best New Talent - Ryan Squires, The Buffalo Club, Brisbane, Qld
-:- Maître d' of the Year - Tom Sykes, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW
-:- Wine List of the Year - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW
-:- Bar of the Year - Gerald's Bar, Melbourne, Vic
-:- Sommelier of the Year - Kjell Ove Almeland, Jackson's, Perth, WA
-:- Regional Restaurant of the Year - Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Vic
-:- Best New Restaurant - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW
-:- Outstanding Contribution to the Industry - Leo Schofield, restaurant critic
The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide's three-star rated restaurants have also been revealed, distinguishing these establishments as the finest dining experiences in Australia. The three-stars restaurants are:
-:- Vue de Monde
-:- Guillaume at Bennelong
The new edition of the Restaurant Guide also presents top 10s for each Australian capital and state:
1. Vue de Monde
2. Jacques Reymond
3. Cutler & Co.
5. Rockpool Bar & Grill
8. Cafe Di Stasio
9. Bistro Guillaume
10. Grossi Florentino
The annual offers critiques of the 400 best restaurants in Australia as well as recommendations for great cafes and bars and more. The 2010 edition, produced in association with SIGNÉ, is Australia's only national guide and is the biggest-selling and most-read in the country.
The Australian Gourmet Traveller 2010 Restaurant Guide is available with the September issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller, on sale Wednesday, 26th August (RRP $9.95).
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