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The well-dressed chefs are starting to arrive
Karen Martini and Michael Sapountsis (left) arrive at the Good Food Guide Awards, along with Little Picket chef Jo Barrett (centre) and Carlo and Guy Grossi (right).Credit: Roslyn Grundy
Let’s check in with our host, Adam Liaw
We grabbed tonight’s MC, Adam Liaw, for a quick chat before the ceremony commences. Here’s what he had to say about dining in Melbourne:
He has good taste, ticking off a Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year nominee in Etta, and Melbourne’s GOAT of omakase.
Your frequently asked questions, answered
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Why the Good Food Guide is more essential now than ever
Here’s a note from our editors
As a diner, how do you know where to spend your hard-earned money? Do you look at Google Reviews, which are a mix of disgruntled diners with an axe to grind, paid five-star ratings, and the odd useful comment?
Maybe you’ve watched a TikTok or Instagram Reel, then gone to a venue and found the portions are half the size, and the food doesn’t taste as good as it looks.
That’s where The Good Food Guide’s independent restaurant reviews are different. In an age of user-generated content, influencer marketing and pay-to-play publishers, the Guide is more relevant and necessary than ever in helping you decide where to eat.
The Guide is an informed look at what it’s like to dine out as a regular paying diner, whether that’s at a popular in-and-out lunchtime noodle spot you’ve got on your radar, a luxurious regional destination you’ve been saving up for, or a hyped-up corner cafe everyone’s posting about.
Value is a huge priority right now, so we’ve covered a broader range of budgets in this edition. We’ve also cast a critical eye on venues that promise the world (with a price tag to match), but don’t even deliver serving cutlery with your sides.
There’s also a whole new raft of venues we’ve anointed Critics’ Picks – places our reviewers love and recommend regardless of their score. Some specialise in a single dish, others are cooking food you won’t find anywhere else or have a remarkable backstory you need to know. All are essential, noteworthy and groundbreaking in their own ways.
It’s impossible to squeeze in every venue, but we’ve captured a snapshot of Victoria’s restaurant landscape today. These are the places we flock to for conversation, connection and – above all – good food.
We are truly spoiled when it comes to places to eat out in Victoria, and we hope you enjoy eating your way across the state as much as we did.
—Emma Breheny and Ellen Fraser, editors, The Age Good Food Guide 2024
Welcome to The Age Good Food Guide Awards
Good evening! My name’s Annabel Smith and I’m on deck to help guide you through tonight’s Good Food Guide Awards ceremony, presented by Vittoria Coffee and Oceania Cruises.
What history will be made? Who will be crowned Chef of the Year? Who will gain a hat? Will anyone lose a hat? Follow along to find out.
In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the Guide.
What’s the Good Food Guide?
The Good Food Guide comes out annually and is a compilation of independent reviews of restaurants, bars and cafes in Victoria, visited by our team of critics in the past six months. (They visit plenty of other venues that didn’t make the cut, too.)
Home to the renowned chefs’ hats, Good Food has been recognising the country’s leading restaurants for more than 40 years by awarding venues its coveted hats – from one to the pinnacle of three hats (more on that later…).
This year’s Guide contains 450 reviews spanning everything from long-adored institutions to noodle shops, and covers a broad range of budgets.
It’s being launched tonight at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, alongside 14 awards, including the big ones: Oceania Cruises Chef of the Year, Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year and Aurum Poultry Co New Restaurant of the Year.
You can get your hands on the 148-page Good Food Guide 2024 magazine from tomorrow (Tuesday, October 31), when it goes on sale for $14.95.
What happens at the Good Food Guide awards ceremony?
Beneath the Regent Theatre, 300 chefs, restaurateurs and industry legends from the state’s dining and drink scenes will gather as the gongs, along with the hats, are handed out.
Guests will snack on koji-brined cockerel breast yakitori, wagyu-wrapped sea urchin and buttermilk fried duck with kimchi and sip on cocktails and wines from the likes of Vittoria Coffee (hello espresso negroni!), Archie Rose, Penfolds and Clover Hill.
The ceremony kicks off at 7pm, hosted by cookbook author, TV host and of course, beloved Good Food recipe columnist, Adam Liaw.
I’ll be with you the whole way, sipping my bone-dry martini and providing hot takes and updates on all the winners, and feeding you any goss as the night unfolds.
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