2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards

Photo: Ben Shewry, Attica

Last night the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awardspaid tribute to Australia’s top talent and honoured the passionate and dedicated professionals across the hospitality industry.

Victoria was well represented across the award categories. Ben Shewry’s Attica added to its already numerous accolades with the coveted Restaurant of the Year award. Confirming its place on Australia’s regional culinary map, Dan Hunter’s Brae (Birregurra) was the star of the night, taking out both New Restaurant and Regional Restaurant of the Year, while long-time supporter of regional Victorian industry, Alla Wolf Tasker from The Lake House, was recognised with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality. Exceptional knowledge, service and hospitality was acknowledged with Christian McCabe of The Town Mouse (Carlton)claiming Maître D’ of the Year.

In a salute to those with the nose, Nick Hildebrandt of Bentley (Sydney) took out Sommelier of the Year, with Print Hall (Perth) awarded Wine List of the Year. Known for bringing back the honky-tonk of yesteryear, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall (Brisbane) received Bar of the Year.

From a strong list of nominees, Scott Huggins and Emma Jade McCaskill of Penfolds Magill Estate (Adelaide) took out Best New Talent, while Martin Benn of Sepia (Sydney) was voted Chef of the Year by his peers.

See the list of winners:

  • Sommelier of the Year - Nick Hildebrandt, Bentley, Sydney
  • Wine List of the Year - Print Hall, Perth
  • Bar of the Year - Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
  • Regional Restaurant of the Year - Brae, Birregurra
  • Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality - Alla Wolf Tasker
  • Maitre D’ of the Year - Christian McCabe, The Town Mouse, Melbourne
  • Best New Talent - Scott Huggins & Emma Jade McCaskill, Magill Estate, Adelaide
  • New Restaurant of the Year - Brae, Birregurra
  • Chef of the Year - Martin Benn, Sepia, Sydney
  • Restaurant of the Year - Attica, Melbourne

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