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
Corella Bar & Restaurant, ACT
Ho Jiak Town Hall, NSW
Van Bone, TAS
Best Wine Bar
Public Wine Shop, VIC
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 – Café 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
The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards are presented by Levantine Hill, with support from Visit Victoria, Longines, Waterford, Sub Zero & Wolf and PorkStar.
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.