At the 2016 Good Food Awards last Monday, the best of the best from Sydney’s dining scene came together in the Ivy Ballroom to celebrate good taste and good people. The 31st edition of the annual Sydney dining manifesto was presented by Vittoria Coffee and Citi Bank.
The Bridge Room took out Restaurant of the Year, and received a coveted third hat, joining Quay, Rockpool est 1989 and Sepia. Other big winners included Bennelong, who debuted with two hats and won Best New Restaurant of the Year. East Sydney’s Cafe Paci had it’s Head Chef Pasi Petanen declared Chef of the Year, while Monopole owners Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt hit a double whammy with Bar of the Year and Best Wine List for Bentley Restaurant and Bar.
The full list of winners are…
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: The Bridge Room
Citi Chef of the Year: Pasi Petanen of Cafe Paci
Best New Restaurant: Bennelong
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year: Fleet (Brunswick Heads)
Vittoria Coffee Legend: Janni Kyritsis
Citi Service Excellence: Cam Fairbairn, ACME
Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year: Lauren Eldridge of Marque
Food for Good Awards: Rob Caslick of Inside Out Organic Soup Kitchen
Best Bar Food: Rockpool Bar & Grill
Wine List of the Year: Bentley Restaurant & Bar
Best Bar: Monopole
Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year: Sebastian Crowther MS, Rockpool est. 1989
Regional Wine List of the Year: Monster Kitchen & Bar
Best Cheap Eat: Chaco Bar
People’s Choice: Catalina
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2016 will be on sale from this Saturday, September 12 for the special price of $10 with a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald from participating newsagents and supermarkets while stocks last. It can also be purchased online for $24.99.