This Year’s Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards Finalists Have Just Been Announced

The best of the best.

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Every year, The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards celebrate the best in Australian dining. The awards recognise the best new restaurants, new talent and restaurant personality of the year.

This year, due to ongoing restrictions, The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Award winners will be announced via a virtual event on October 24, with the awards’ dinner at Melbourne’s Gimlet postponed until early 2022, when a who’s who of the industry will gather to celebrate winners and champion the strength and resilience of the hospitality industry.

Although, you can plan ahead, as we have a list of the finalists. There are five hotly contested categories including, Best New Restaurant, Best Wine Bar, Best New Talent, Restaurant Personality of the Year and Best Destination Dining—to support the tourism sector.

The coveted Restaurant of the Year award will be announced live on October 24, along with the peer-voted Chef of the Year, recognising a single chef for their contribution to Australian dining.

In addition to announcing the finalists, this month, Gourmet Traveller has named Amy Chanta, the recipient of Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality. The chef and businesswoman was instrumental in shaping Sydney’s Thai food scene, opening the first Chat Thai restaurant in 1989 on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst.

Gourmet Traveller’s October issue will pay tribute to Amy who sadly passed away earlier this year. In tribute to Amy, the issue will showcase a selection of her signature recipes, as shared by her daughter Palisa Anderson.

Without further ado, the finalists are…

Best New Restaurant

  • A’Mare, NSW
  • Aru, VIC
  • Aurora, SA
  • Bianca, QLD
  • Corella Bar & Restaurant, ACT
  • Elska, QLD
  • Gimlet, VIC
  • Ho Jiak Town Hall, NSW
  • Porcine, NSW
  • Van Bone, TAS

Best Wine Bar

  • Monopole, NSW
  • Mummucc, WA
  • Public Wine Shop, VIC
  • Sonny, TAS
  • Snackman, QLD

Best New Talent

  • Jung Eun Chae – CHAE, VIC
  • Nathan Dunnell – Elska, QLD
  • Rosheen Kaul – Etta Dining, VIC
  • Daiki Shigeta – Fleet/Roco Ramen, NSW

Restaurant Personality of the Year

  • Federica Andrisani & Oskar Rossi – Fico, TAS
  • Cam Fairbairn – CafĂ© Paci, NSW
  • Hannah Green – Etta Dining, VIC
  • Carlo Grossi – Grossi Florentino, VIC
  • Nick Hildebrandt – Monopole, NSW
  • Jason Lui – Flower Drum, VIC
  • Tania di Nicolo – Mummucc, WA
  • Sharon Romeo – Fino, SA
  • Tyron Simon, QLD

Best Destination Dining

  • Oaks Kitchen and Garden, QLD
  • Hentley Farm, SA
  • Millbrook, WA
  • Provenance, VIC
  • Underbar, VIC
  • Stillwater, TAS

The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards are presented by Levantine Hill, with support from Visit Victoria, Longines, Waterford, Sub Zero & Wolf and PorkStar.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

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Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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