The 2012 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards at Hilton Sydney’s glass brasserie

The elegant surrounds of Luke Mangan’s stunning glass brasserie proved to be the perfect location to celebrate the 2012 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards on Monday night.

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.

The de Groots’ team enjoying the night: Anna Lisle and Sami Jo Adelman

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.

de Groots’ Producer Scott Winter with Lyndey Milan

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.

The happy winners – Katrina Birchmeier, Peter Gilmore, Mark Best, Stewart Wesson, James Audas

Electrolux Australian Young Chef

Runner Up

Winner

Electrolux Australian Young Waiter

Runner Up

Winner

Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur

Runner Up

Winner

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