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And The Best Restaurant In Australia Is…

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Neil Perry’s Sydney restaurant Rockpool has been named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year at last night’s Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide launch. The magazine’s editors noted the restaurant really is the whole package with delicious and inventive food created by Neil Perry and Phil Wood, great talent on the floor and in the kitchen, an amazing cellar with expert sommeliers, and a super classy room.

Other awards of the night went to sustainability activist Joost Bakker, for his Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality, Three Blue Ducks in Byron Bay for Regional Restaurant of the Year and Dan Hunter from Brae for Chef of the Year.

Gourmet Traveller‘s chief restaurant critic Pat Nourse says of the awards, “It just goes to show that Australia is truly a great destination for people who love to eat, drink and have fun.”

Check out the full list of winners below:

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards Winners

Restaurant of the Year
Rockpool, Sydney, NSW

Chef of the Year
Dan Hunter, Brae, Birregurra

Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality
Joost Bakker, sustainability activist

New Restaurant of the Year
Bennelong, Sydney, NSW

Wine List of the Year
Billy Kwong, Sydney

Sommelier of the Year
Raffaele Mastrovincenzo, Kappo, Sydney

Maître d’ of the Yyear
Vanessa Crichton, Rosetta, Melbourne

Best New Talent
Lennox Hastie, Firedoor, Sydney

Regional Restaurant of the Year
Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay, NSW

Bar of the Year
The Gresham, Brisbane

Three-Star Winners

The Bridge Room, Sydney
Sepia, Sydney
Vue de Monde, Melbourne
Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney
Quay, Sydney
Brae, Birregurra
Attica, Melbourne
Rockpool, Sydney

(Lead image: Three Blue Ducks)

Want to treat yourself to Rockpool? Check out Qantas flights to Sydney here.