Gourmet Traveller have revealed their pick for Australia’s number one restaurant for 2015.
Drum roll please…
Sydney restaurant Rockpool won the prestigious title of Restaurant of the year!
The awards night was held at Sydney’s Carriageworks where the theme was Italo disco. The night was all about the celebration of food and wine in Australia and the people who continue to make Australia’s culinary scene exquisite.
Winners of the awards came from all over the country. Australia’s Bar of the Year is Brisbane favourite The Gresham, while Regional Restaurant of the Year is ambitious Byron Bay newcomer Three Blue Ducks. Melbourne scored with Vanessa Crichton of Rosetta taking out Maître d’ of the Year, and Raffaele Mastrovincenzo from Kappo winning Sommelier of the Year. Dan Hunter, of Brae in country Victoria, took out the top spot in the peer-voted Chef of the Year award.
“Our restaurant scene is so vibrant, diverse and exciting,” says GT editor, Anthea Loucas, “it’s a real honour and a pleasure for us to be able to celebrate it through these awards, our restaurant guide and in every issue of Gourmet Traveller.”
Details of all the winners are in the September issue of Gourmet Traveller, on newsstands with the new edition of the national Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide, presented by Vittoria Coffee, and supporting sponsors Ilve, Uniworld and Sydney Kitchens, on Thursday 20 August.
Restaurant of the year
Rockpool, Sydney, NSW
Chef of the year
Dan Hunter, Brae, Birregurra
Outstanding contribution to hospitality
Joost Bakker, sustainability activist
New restaurant of the year
Bennelong, Sydney, NSW
Wine list of the year
Billy Kwong, Sydney
Sommelier of the year
Raffaele Mastrovincenzo, Kappo, Sydney
Maître D’ of the year
Vanessa Crichton, Rosetta, Melbourne
Best new talent
Lennox Hastie, Firedoor, Sydney
Regional restaurant of the year
Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay, NSW
Bar of the year
The Gresham, Brisbane
The Bridge Room, Sydney
Vue de Monde, Melbourne
Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney