Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Awards returns in 2021

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Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Awards returns in 2021

The Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Awards will return in 2021 after a hiatus last year with Melbourne set to host the hospitality industry’s night of nights.

Often regarded as Australia’s culinary capital, the city is emerging from a challenging year and is once again, ready to serve.

The event will be held in Melbourne for the first time in 10 years to celebrate the city’s resilient and world-class hospitality industry with support from Visit Victoria.

The awards are the Oscars of the Australian food and wine world, attended by the who’s who of the food and wine industry.

It’s also the longest-running national restaurant awards, beginning back in 1981.

The award winners to be revealed at a glittering awards dinner on October 27 at Gimlet at Cavendish House in Melbourne.

Awards will be presented to the best new restaurant, best wine bar, best new talent, restaurant personality of the year as well as the ultimate accolade in Australian dining, the prestigious Restaurant of the Year.


The Gourmet Traveller magazine

The Gourmet Traveller magazine


To support the tourism sector, there will also be a best destination dining award.

“The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards have always been about celebrating the best dining experiences in Australia and reflect how Australians want to dine.” says Gourmet Traveller editor Joanna Hunkin.


GT Editor Joanna Hunkin

Gourmet Traveller Editor Joanna Hunkin


“The challenges of the past 18 months have created seismic change within the industry, making this year’s awards more significant than ever. It will be a night of genuine celebration and one we are thrilled to share with the Melbourne industry as it continues its recovery.” she added.

This year’s awards also see the return of the peer-voted Chef of the Year prize, which will recognise a single chef for their contribution to Australian dining.

Previous years have seen acclaimed fine-diners such as Attica, Quay and Orana claim the Restaurant of the Year prize, as the awards continue to serve as a timeline of contemporary Australian food trends.


The Gourmet Traveller Awards

The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards


Gourmet Traveller reviewers arrive at restaurants unannounced and pay their own way. Each restaurant is judged on its overall dining experience, including its food and drink offering, as well as ambience, service and setting.

The judging is undertaken by a team of independent reviewers across Australia, before finalists are chosen by Gourmet Traveller’s senior editors.

Mark Peter Notaras, restauranteur and food commentator, representing CulturalPulse, a cultural specialist agency based in Sydney said:

“In this moment when the Australian restaurant industry is under even more pressure than in ‘normal’ times, it is uplifting to see the Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Awards continuing to celebrate the industry’s resilient leaders”.

The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards are presented by Levantine Hill, with support from Visit Victoria, Longines, Waterford, Sub Zero & Wolf and PorkStar.


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Chef Ben Chewry, Attica

Finalists will be announced in the October issue of Gourmet Traveller, on sale September 27.

Winners will be revealed at a gala dinner at Melbourne’s Gimlet at Cavendish house on October 27, where chef Andrew McConnell will create a bespoke menu for the night with wines by headline sponsor Levantine Hill.

The winners, along with Australia’s Top 80 restaurants will be profiled in a special Celebration Issue of Gourmet Traveller, on sale October 28.

“We look forward to seeing more of Australia’s ‘multi-culinary’ diversity reflected in the 2021 Awards, building on the recognition that Kylie Kwong received through the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Award.” added Notaras.

It’s time to raise a glass and toast Australia’s best restaurants as they continue to set new standards in dining following the most challenging chapter in hospitality history.

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Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]