Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Best in WA

Monday May 25 2009
THERE were no signs of the economic crisis as WA's restaurant and catering fraternity came out in droves at this years WA Restaurant Catering and Industry Awards for Excellence held at the Burswood Grand Ballroom on May 25.

More than 900 members of the hospitality industry's glitterati turned out to hear "Gourmet Godfather" and Chair of Judges John Maiorana declare the awards the best he'd seen in its 15 year history, adding it was the new crop of chefs who were now leading the way in WA.

This year's big winners included Restaurant Amuse in East Perth who took out the biggest gong of the night winning Restaurant of the Year Award, while owner and chef, Hadleigh Troy took out the honour of Chef of Year. Not the first time to win an award Restaurant Amuse, were also winners of last year's New Restaurant Award and are known for their strong reputation of serving modern French Cuisine in the form of two degustation menus. Chef Hadleigh Troy, not an industry unknown, has worked overseas and was formerly at The Loose Box and Jackson's Restaurant.

Other star performers on the night included Nahm Thai who took out the award for Informal Restaurant of the Year and Best Thai Restaurant. The Judges Commendation Award went to Star Anise and Christina's in East Victoria Park won the Most Popular Restaurant Award while the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre was awarded the Caterer of the Year.

The 23 Restaurant Awards for Excellence were judged by a 53-member panel who visited the 97 finalists over a two-month period. Winners of the WA awards in eligible categories can contest the national awards to be held in Canberra in October.

See page 52 in the latest issue of Menu Magazine for detailed information on the award winners.

Enjoying a drop at the WA Restaurant & Catering Awards

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