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Who Won Big At Last Night’s Good Food Guide Awards?

By Stephen A Russell - 26 Aug 2014

While there were a lot of familiar faces from Melbourne's best restaurants recognised at last night's glitzy Good Food Guide Awards 2015 ceremony, held in the great hall of St Kilda Road's NGV, there was also a clutch of young pretenders ascending to the throne, including regional hero Brae, out in Birregurra.

The first solo outing for former Royal Mail Hotel chef Dan Hunter, Brae scored big, scooping the top recognition of three hats alongside stalwarts Vue De Monde, Flower Drum and Attica. Brae also secured the big one, the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year gong. Other newbies included the joint awarding of the KitchenAid Young Chef of the Year award to The European's Timothy Martin and to Joshua Pelham at Estelle.

While Andrew McConnell is no stranger to these awards, securing the Citi Chef Of The Year nod, his third stint at the top, his brand new Flinders Lane's champion Supernormal also won Best New Restaurant. The latest addition to his ever-growing empire – which includes Cutler & Co, the Builders Arms and Cumulus Inc. – also secured one-hat status.

Other stalwarts recognised at last night's glittering awards ceremony include a return to three-hat status for Market Lane hero Flower Drum, with head chef Anthony Lui also crowned with the Vittoria Coffee Legend Award. Neil Perry accrued his 100th star in the Good Food Guide, with Spice Temple, Rosetta and Rockpool Bar & Grill all maintaining their two hats each.

Wine lovers take note, South Melbourne's Bellota scored Best Short Wine List, while Albert Park's The Point took home Wine List of the Year. Attica's wine wizard Banjo Harris Plane was recognised with the Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year gong. Nieuw Amsterdam nabbed Best Drinks List while the Don Laney Fitzpatrick Award, recognising the best of Melbourne's bar scene, went to Bourke Street's Ombra.

Angie Giannakodakis took the Citi Service Excellence Award in her stride for her famously welcoming approach at Carlton's Epocha, while the Big Buzz Dinner winner, for a restaurant doing amazing stuff and getting us all excited, was given to Carlton neighbour The Town Mouse.

Well done to all the winners!

Main Image Credit: The Berry

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