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The Big Winners & Best Dinners at The Good Food Guide Awards

The Good Food Guide Awards

Last night, the heroes of Australia’s restaurant industry traded in their chef’s whites for black ties and headed to Melbourne’s Crown Casino for The Good Food Guide’s national awards.

With a history that stretches back to the introduction of The Age’s Good Food Guide, in 1979, The Good Food Guide Awards recognise the top food, wine, and service experiences in the country.

This year saw the awards hosted in Melbourne for the first time after the Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane editions of the guide were combined last year. The Good Food Guide’s “hats” have quickly become the most coveted prize for chefs, with independent reviewers awarding as many as 3 hats to deserving restaurants. It’s like the Oscars but for food, so even better!

22 of Queensland’s best received the well-deserved honour of being “hatted” by the prestigious guide this year, in recognition of the incredible talent being served up on plates across the state (trust us, we’ve put in the hours and the calories.)

Lots of our favourite locals woke up this morning looking a little bit more fashionable with 1889 Enoteca, Blackbird Bar and Grill, E’cco Bistro, Gauge, Gerard’s Bistro, GOMA Restaurant, Montrachet, Tartufo, The Wolfe, The Fish House, Hellenika, Homage, Kiyomi, The Long Apron, Nu Nu, Rick Shores, Rickys, and Spirit House each bringing home a hat. Well done!

Joining the extremely exclusive two hat club is Brisbane city’s Aria, South Bank’s Stokehouse Q and, refusing to be out-done by the city boys, Wasabi Restaurant and Bar in Noosa.

Save the big congratulations for our favourite home of riverside Italian, Otto Restaurant, who look absolutely fire in their two shiny hats, as well as taking home the award for “Wine List of the Year” (an obvious choice for anyone who’s felt the warm embrace of their 20-page drinks menu!).

The 2019 Good Food Guide goes on sale today, so check it out for the full list of winners, plus 500 reviews of the country’s top restaurants.

Words by Josh Schultz