Jacques Reymond claims top honour at Age food awards

Posted by Daniel Palmer on 1st September 2009

Windsor institution Jacques Reymond last night claimed the coveted The Age Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award and was one of only two Melbourne restaurants to receive three hats.

The other big winners on the night were Andrew McConnell, Nicolas Poelaert and the renowned Vue de Monde restaurant.

Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde joined Jacques Reymond in receiving three hats, while Poelaert – of newly opened Embrasse – claimed the Young Chef of the Year gong.

MoMo, which nabbed two hats, was recognised with the Dish of the Year Award for their veiled quail.

McConnell, meanwhile, was a big winner, with the prize of Chef of the Year to go with the Best New Restaurant award presented to his Gertrude Street eatery Cutler & Co – which received two hats.

Merrijig Inn in Port Fairy claimed the Country Restaurant of the Year title ahead of last year’s winner the Royal Mail Hotel – which received a consolation when taking out Country Wine List of the Year. Provenance in Beechworth rounded out the country awards with the Best New Country Restaurant prize.
Chef of the Year: Andrew McConnell, Cumulus Inc. and Cutler & Co

The Age Young Chef of the Year: Nicolas Poelaert, Embrasse

Best New Restaurant: Cutler & Co

Best New Country Restaurant: Provenance (Beechworth)

Donlevy Fitzpatrick Award: MoVida Next Door

Wine List of the Year: Taxi Dining Room

Country Wine List of the Year: Royal Mail Hotel (Dunkeld)

Best Short Wine List: Gills Diner

Wine Service Award: Lincoln Riley, Taxi Dining Room

Service Excellence Award: Chris Young, Jacques Reymond

Professional Excellence Award: Maurice Terzini, Arnaldo Terzini

Dish of the Year: Veiled quail at MoMo

Country Restaurant of the Year: Merrijig (Port Fairy)

Restaurant of the Year: Jacques Reymond

Three-Hat Restaurants: Jacques Reymond, Vue de Monde