Unlike the Award finalists, who anxiously awaited for the winners to be announced, the Best Restaurant team happily spent the evening sipping Henschke and enjoying the food station offerings. A rather theatrical roast pig – with tail, feet, eyes and all — impressively on show, was not for the food feint-hearted, but, we must remember, we were rubbing shoulders with Australia’s culinary elite. An oyster bar, sashimi counter and cheese station all delivered the goods while the seared pieces of Wagyu beef and tempura zucchini flowers won us over.
Hosted by the vivacious Jill Dupleix, the night was a fantastic celebration of what has arguably been a tough year for the hospitality industry. Jill paid tribute to the next generation of culinary stars that made up this year’s Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards national finalists – and, together with chefs Peter Gilmore and Mark Best, announced the 2012 winners.
The awards, recognised as one of the industry’s most prestigious, were presented in front of the nation’s culinary elite including Giovanni Pilu, Terry Durack, John Fink and Lyndey Milan. Aiming to inspire and encourage the future heavyweights of the hospitality industry, the Awards aim to retain culinary talent in Australia, despite the allure of overseas fine dining and Michelin stars.
Electrolux Australian Young Chef
- Michael Fox | Henry and the Fox, Melbourne
- Stewart Wesson | Bridgewater Mill, Adelaide
Electrolux Australian Young Waiter
- Alexander Tuckett | Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
- James Audas | BLACK by Ezard, Pyrmont
Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur
- Daniel Wilson | Huxtable Restaurant, Melbourne
- Katrina Birchmeier | Garagistes, Hobart