The 2017 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards will be announced on Monday 14 August at an exclusive Beach BBQ Party held on the iconic sands of Noosa beach, on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
The ‘invitation only’ event will be attended by local and international chefs and restaurateurs including Peter Doyle, Peter Gilmore, Danielle Gjestland, Christine Manfield, David Pynt and co-founders of the prestigious national restaurant industry awards program – Lucy Allon and Luke Mangan.
For the first time since its inception in 2005, the traditionally ‘industry only’ affair will be open food lovers from across the country who will have the rare chance to WIN a weekend away to Noosa – the relaxation capital of Australia – with VIP tickets to the awards ceremony, 2 nights’ accommodation and Virgin Australia flights included.
This year’s ceremony will be a BBQ Beach Party, catered by Australia’s best young chefs using the best Queensland produce, under the glittering stars of Noosa. Not only will the lucky pair enjoy basking in the surreal sunshine and swimming in the azure waters of Noosa, they’ll also be mixing it with the crème de la crème of culinary royalty.
“Noosa is an iconic Australian region, renowned for its abundance of local produce and award winning restaurants. It has it all, from the coast to the hinterlands, and what better way to celebrate and announce the next generation of Australian hospitality talent than right here on the beaches of Noosa” Luke Mangan
Multi-hatted Peter Gilmore, Christine Manfield, Lisa van Haandel and past winner Danielle Gjestland feature in the expert judging panel that spent months critiquing, mentoring and ultimately choosing which of the up-and-comers in the local food industry will become the Young Chef, Young Waiter and Young Restaurateur of the Year.
It's the first time the Appetite for Excellence program has held the awards outside of Melbourne or Sydney, and it's an honour for Noosa to be hosting this prestigious event. Food and Wine is the second most popular reason why visitors choose the Noosa region as a destination. We’re very excited to have the spotlight shining on all the hard work our hospitality sector does year round in the lead up to the announcement of Young restaurateur, Young chef and Young waiter” Danielle Gjestland
Celebrating the diversity of the restaurant industry and richness of talent that is unearthed and nurtured, this year’s finalists are:
2017 Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur National Finalists
Cam Okeefe (CENTRA, VIC), Dan Moss (Terroir Auburn, SA), Erin Jordan (The Catbird Seat Bistro, QLD), Thi Le (Anchovy, VIC)
2017 Electrolux Australian Young Waiter National Finalists
Andrew Gale (Grossi Florentino, VIC), George Papaioannou (Sixpenny NSW), James Boden (St Hugo, SA), Lara Graham (Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, QLD), Mia McIntyre (e’cco bistro, QLD), Morgan Golledge (Blackbird Bar & Grill, QLD), Richard Trezzi (Otto Ristorante, NSW)
2017 Electrolux Australian Young Chef National Finalists
Adrian Hart (Bennelong NSW), Alanna Sapwell (Saint Peter, NSW), Ben McShane (Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast QLD), Charley Snadden-Wilson (Embla, VIC), Josh Raine (Urbane, QLD), Shui Ishizaka (Bennelong, NSW)
Appetite for Excellence champions the rising stars of Australian hospitality, and also celebrates everything great about Australia’s burgeoning hospitality industry – delicious fresh food, innovative young talent, amazing locally-sourced produce, and beverages fit for a once in a lifetime BBQ Beach Party.
The Australian Young Chef, Waiter and Restaurateur of the Year at the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards – will be announced on Monday 14 August in Noosa, Queensland.