Here are the winners of the 2019 Good Food Guide awards

NIkki ToQuay chef Peter Gilmore

The 2019 Good Food Guide has been released today, and with it, a list of the best restaurants, chefs and hospitality stars in Australia.

More than 500 Australian restaurants were reviewed for this year’s guide, with 264 of these receiving hat status.

The 39th edition of the guide is comprised of 59 independent, anonymous reviews written by a panel of trusted restaurant critics, and recognises the best Australian restaurants nationally with “hats”. The top rating a restaurant can score is three hats.

To secure a coveted spot in the guide, restaurants are ranked according to the quality of their food, beverage and service amongst other elements. Restaurants in New South Wales and Victoria and must score at least 14 out of 20, while all other states must score a minimum of 15.

Seven restaurants nationally achieved the top accolade of three hats, and they were Attica (Victoria), Brae (Victoria), Momofuku Seiobo (New South Wales), Minamishima (Victoria), Quay (New South Wales), Restaurant Orana (South Australia) and Sixpenny (New South Wales).

Editor of the guider Myffy Rigby says the guide “is a reflection of the thousands of voices that make Australia one of the most diverse and delicious places to eat in the world.”

“[It] is a celebration of the industry as a whole. Every one of the restaurants featured is a summation of all those moving parts.

“We recognise the hard work of all those Australian restaurants and everything they do to enrich the scene,” she said.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony last night at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Here they are, including comments from the Good Food Guide editors, as well as the runners-up.

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Orana, South Australia

“Ticks every box. The winning restaurant does not need to receive three hats, but must capture the mood of the nation right now and exemplify what it means to be a world-class restaurant.”

Finalists: Quay, Sydney; Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney; Cutler & Co, Melbourne; Brae, Birregurra

Citi Chef of the Year: Peter Gilmore, Quay, New South Wales

“This chef must be at the forefront of dining, setting new standards, creating new flavour combinations, doing something original, and adding something extra to the Australian dining scene.”

Finalists: Paul Carmichael, Momofuku Seiobo; Analiese Gregory, Franklin; Dan Hunter, Brae; Josh Niland, Saint Peter

New Restaurant of the Year: Laura, Victoria

“The most exciting opening in the past 12 months, this restaurant sets the eating agenda and starts conversations. Represents everything that’s fresh, hot and interesting about dining.”

Finalists: Poly, Sydney; Matilda 159 Domain, Melbourne; Yarri, Dunsborough; Bert’s, Sydney

Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year: Brae, Victoria

“The best beyond metro limits. The winning establishment must provide a restaurant experience comparable to anything in the city but remain uniquely regional.”

Finalists: Laura, Victoria; The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, New Norfolk; Fleet, Brunswick Heads; Muse Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year — Jodie Odrowaz of Iki Jime, Victoria

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“This award is chosen by a panel of food professionals led by Damien Pignolet. It celebrates the memory of a great young chef and is the ultimate accolade for a committed and talented young cook.”

Finalists: Monika Frkovic, Vic; Malcolm Hanslow, ACT; Daniel Lidgard, Vic; Jessica Moore, NSW

Bar of the Year: The Dolphin Hotel Wine Room, New South Wales

“The best all-round bar that nails service, drinks, vibe and decor. The winning bar adds something new or different to the drinking scene.”

Finalists: Hellbound Wine Bar, Adelaide; Bar Rochford, Canberra; Romeo Lane, Melbourne; The Gresham, Brisbane

Wine List of the Year: Otto, Queensland

“A diverse and high-quality by-the-glass selection alongside an accessible bottle list that displays a good range of vintages and complements the restaurant’s food and style.”

Finalists: Marion, Melbourne; Aubergine, Canberra; 1889 Enoteca, Brisbane; Aria, Sydney

Regional Wine List of the Year: Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, Victoria

“Honouring a wine list outside the city limits that displays a diverse selection that complements the restaurant’s food and style while reflecting the unique qualities of the region.”

Finalists: Fleet, Brunswick Heads; Brae, Birregurra; Laura, Point Leo Estate; Cullen Estate, Margaret River

Sommelier of the Year: Travis Howe, Carlton Wine Room, Victoria

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“The successful wine professional is able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their subject, while helping to influence and educate diners. They must be personable, inclusive, curious and driven to constantly deliver the highest level of service.”

Finalists: Astrid McCormack, Fleet; Marie-Sophie Canto, The Dolphin; Ian Trinkle, Aria Brisbane; Shanteh Wong, Quay

Citi Service Excellence Award: Kylie Javier Ashton, Momofuku Seiobo, New South Wales

“The winner of this award executes the highest standard of restaurant service, from attitude and skill to knowledge and personality.”

Finalists: Greta Wohlstadt, Orana; Jeremy Courmadias, Quay, Wimmy Winkler, Saint Peter, Jason Lui, Flower Drum

Vittoria Coffee Legend Award: Stefano de Pieri, Stefano’s Cantina, Victoria

“For an outstanding long-term contribution to the industry, chosen from a short list by Les Schirato of Vittoria Coffee.”

Food for Good Award – Sydney Doesn’t Suck, New South Wales

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“The winner of this award, which celebrates innovation, social enterprise and sustainability, goes above and beyond to contribute to the broader community.”

Finalists: Eat Up (VIC), NCIE food program (NSW), Produce to the People (TAS), Food for Thought (national)

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