Jacques Reymond recognised as Victoria’s best restaurant
Jacques Reymond has been bestowed with the honour of Lavazza Restaurant of the Year at the 2008 Restaurant & Catering Victoria Awards held on Tuesday night, with Delaware North – Melbourne Zoo taking the honours as Caterer of the Year.
The award completes an outstanding year for the Prahran restaurant, with recognition earlier this year in The Age Good Food Guide 2008 as Victoria’s only ‘three hat’ restaurant.
Thirty-two categories were represented by the awards, with a posthumous award going to Donleavy Fitzpatrick as the sixth Victorian Restaurant & Catering Australia Lifetime Achiever. His contribution to industry particularly his influence in changing the liquor licensing laws in the late 80’s and early 90’s had to be acknowledged.
Other notable winners included Crown Limited, which took out the Professional Development Award, and Maha Bar & Grill, which received the prize for Best New Restaurant beating a field which included Japanese chain Nobu.
Silks, Tutto Bene, Ladro, Paladdar Thai Issan and Crown Limited were granted entry into the Hall of Fame.
The Awards for Excellence represents the hospitality industry’s largest peer reviewed Awards program. The winners of the R&C Vic honours will now represent Victoria at the national R&C Australia awards to be held in Brisbane on October 27.
A full list of winners is provided below:
Lavazza Restaurant of the Year – Jacques Reymond, Windsor
Caterer of the Year – Delaware North – Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Food & Wine Events Professional Development Award – Crown Limited Melbourne
Restaurant & Catering Australia Fine Wine Partners and Henschke Life Time Achievement Award – Awarded posthumously to Donleavy Fitzpatrick
Winner: Koko – Melbourne
HostPlus Breakfast Restaurant
Winner: Richmond Hill Café e Larder – Richmond
Riviana Foods Café Restaurant
Winner: Café Vue – Melbourne
Café Restaurant – Regional
Winner: The Red Hill Brewery – Red Hill
OAMPS Chinese Restaurant
Winner: Silks – Melbourne
Winner: Convent Bakery – Abbotsford
Finlease European Restaurant
Winner: Bistro Vue – Melbourne
Winner: Maribyrnong Boathouse – Moonee Ponds
red + white Fine Dining Restaurant
Winner: Jacques Reymond – Windsor
Winner: Bukhara – Warragul
Informal Dining Restaurant
Winner: Oyster Little Bourke – Melbourne
Hospitality Training Australia Informal Dining Restaurant – Regional
Winner: Bamboo – Rye
Barilla Italian Restaurant
Winner: Tutto Bene – Southbank
American Express Modern Australian Restaurant
Winner: ezard – Melbourne
HostPlus Modern Australian – Regional
Winner: Oscar W’s Wharfside, RedGum Grill & DeckBar – Echuca
Fine Food Australia New Restaurant
Winner: Maha Bar and Grill – Melbourne
Fonterra Pizza Restaurant
Winner: Ladro – Fitzroy
PPCA Pub / Club / Tavern Restaurant
Winner: The Grand Hotel – Richmond
Westpac Restaurant in a Winery
Winner: Salix – Merricks North
Winner: Esposito at Toofey’s – Carlton
Specialty Cuisine Restaurant
Winner: Verge – Melbourne
Meat & Livestock Australia Steak Restaurant
Winner: The Point – Albert Park
Winner: Paladarr Thai Issan – Alphington
Chef’s on the Run/CMD Tourism Restaurant
Winner: Lake House – Daylesford
VIP Personnel Corporate Caterer
Winner: Spotless at Delioitte- Melbourne
APRA Function Centre Caterer
Winner: Atlantic Group – Docklands
Site / Industrial Caterer
Winner: Spotless – Geelong Grammar
Winner: Delaware North – Melbourne Zoo
Modern Wedding Magazine Wedding Caterer
Winner: Delaware North – The Terrace
Hall of Fame Recipients
Silks – Melbourne – Chinese Restaurant
Tutto Bene – Southbank – Italian Restaurant
Ladro – Fitzroy – Pizza Restaurant
Paladdar Thai Issan – Thai Restaurant
Crown Limited Melbourne – Professional Development
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