At least 11 restaurants in the Illawarra and South Coast have been awarded chef hats in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide’s Restaurant Awards.
A look through the list of AGFG’s Australian Best Restaurants for 2018 reveals Caveau, Rookie Eatery and Ruby’s Mount Kembla among the Wollongong restaurants recognised as Chef Hat award winners.
On the Southern Highlands Bistro Officina and Biota, Echalot, Horderns and Katers restaurants are among the recipients.
While down the coast Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook and St Isidore at Milton and The Sandbar Batemans Bay are on the list.
For restauranters such as Daniel Sherley, of Rookie Eatery in Keira Street, the recognition is a great way to start a new year after making so many changes at his 2.5 year old restaurant.
This is Mr Sherley’s first AGFG Chef Hat.
“I'm really excited to have Rookie considered for a chefs hat from AGFG let alone be awarded one,” he said.
“It's been the most humbling and fulfilling three and a bit years for me owning my own restaurant. I am really excited to have our work recognized and we can't wait to build on this and do better again in the future.”
Mr Sherley said he was really happy with the improvements and reaction to the changes he has made during the last 12 months.
“We have made a conscious decision to follow our love for food in the style we are cooking without compromise and it has really paid off. People have loved our take on "panasian" cuisine. We are really excited to take it to the next level as we learn and progress. I have to thank my team in particular my restaurant manager Siobhan who is by my side day after day.”
AND THE WINNERS ARE;
French European - Readers Choice 2017 – Fine Dining 24 Old Hume Highway, Berrima – P 02 4877 1977
Modern Australian - Readers Choice 2017 – Modern Australian Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa, 200 Horderns Road, Bowral – P 02 4861 8100
Modern Australian – Peppers Manor House, Kater Road, Sutton Forest – P 02 4860 3102
Modern Australian – 18 Kangaloon Road, Bowral – P 02 4862 2005
European - 6 David Street, Bowral – P 02 4861 7787
Modern Australian - 122-124 Keira Street, Wollongong – 02 4226 4855
Modern Australian - 89 Croobyar Road, Milton – 02 4455 7261
RICK STEIN AT BANNISTERS
Seafood - Bannisters Point Lodge, 191 Mitchell Pde, Mollymook. –02 4455 3044.
Modern Australia, 125 Keira Street, Wollongong – 02 4228 8371
THE SANDBAR BATEMANS BAY
Modern Australian – 60 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay – 02 4472 6488
RUBY’S MOUNT KEMBLA
Modern Australian – 39 Harry Graham Drive, Mount Kembla – 02 4272 2541