When you’re in a room with Australia’s hottest young restaurant talent, you know the canapes are going to be good. And the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards, held at Stokehouse in the City last night, did not disappoint.
Highlights included Hanz Gueco’s wicked fried pig’s head sandwiches, Dale Sutton’s feather-light cheese gougeres, and Adrian Walker’s crispbreads topped with Pyengana cheddar, cubes of apple and a drizzle of hazelnut oil.
Australia’s leading culinary figures gathered to celebrate the industry’s rising stars. Young gun sommelier Gerald Ryan (pictured left) of Brae Restaurant in Birregurra scooped up the award for Young Waiter of the Year, thanking his boss and mentor Dan Hunter for his support and encouragement. The food and wine experience is flawless, so the partnership is obviously paying off – take a peek at my recent review of Brae here.
George Tomlin (centre) of edgy European restaurant The Town Mouse was named Young Chef of the Year, announced by the erudite-as-always David Thompson. And Troy Rhoades-Brown (right) of Muse Restaurant and Muse Kitchen scored Restaurateur of the Year, recognised for his pair of one-hatted restaurants in the Hunter Valley.
Along with cash prizes and Electrolux products, the trio has been offered life-changing trips overseas: George can compete in the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year competition in Milan; Gerald will be jetting off to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore; and Troy can hightail it to the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants event in Singapore.
Securing a spot at their acclaimed eateries just became even harder.
For more on these top chefs, read my interview with Troy Rhoades-Brown in Delicious Magazine or pick up the October issue of James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine for a fresh review of Brae.