Victoria wins big at Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards

Red Hill’s Tedesca Osteria has claimed top honours at the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, taking out Restaurant of the Year for the first time on a night that saw Victoria bag three of seven national awards – more than any other state.

Staged in an early 20th-century weatherboard farmhouse, chef and owner Brigitte Hafner’s intimate slow lunches have turned heads since Tedesca’s opening in early 2020, earning her the magazine’s top gong from a strong field that included Hobart’s Fico and Saint Peter in Sydney. “Tedesca sprung from something I’d been thinking about for a long time,” says Hafner. “I grew it in my heart, from my thoughts, from conversations and how I like to cook.”

Andrew McConnell’s newest project Gimlet was crowned Best New Restaurant, meanwhile, and Jung Eun Chae of Melbourne’s six-seater apartment restaurant, Chae, took out Best New Talent, rounding out an incredible evening for Victorian talent that follows a torrid 20 months for the restaurant industry.

For details of all the night’s winners, see the November issue of Gourmet Traveller, or visit