The highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Restaurants arrives in Australia on Saturday, 1 April. Over 90 chefs and restaurant representatives, as well as over 70 international media and the 26 Academy Chairs, will visit Australia for the week-long official event program, hosted by Tourism Australia and state partner, Visit Victoria.
Tourism Australia has worked closely with event organisers William Reed Business Media on the official event program which runs from 1-8 April. These events will showcase Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, media and food lovers.
Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said: “Hosting these prestigious awards in Melbourne, together with the Australia-wide program of events that we’ve put together around them, is the next exciting chapter in our ongoing Restaurant Australia story."
Key events in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants program include:
· The Chefs’ Feast at West Beach Bathers Pavilion (4 April);
· The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building (5 April);
· The Great Aussie Brunch at QT Melbourne (6 April)
· The Academy Escape in South Australia (6-8 April);
The official event program kicks off with an intimate beachside dinner giving the 50 best chefs a taste of Australia’s unique native ingredients as prepared by some of the country’s greatest chefs including Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Lennox Hastie (Firedoor), Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana), Martin Benn (Sepia), Peter Gilmore (Quay and Bennelong), Shannon Bennett (Vue de monde) and Analiese Gregory (Bar Brosé).
In a world-first, the public will be able to watch the awards ceremony, the pinnacle of the event program, unfold on the big screen at a picnic-themed Federation Square in Melbourne. The countdown event will include food talks, music, comedy and food trucks.