BEECHWORTH dining icon Provenance was a standout in the Australian Good Food Guide 2018 restaurant awards announced this week.
Provenance scored 17 out of a possible 20 in the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat award winners for 2018.
It ranked alongside award-winning Sydney restaurant Tetsuya's and international dining sensation Dinner by Heston at Southbank in Melbourne.
Ripponlea restaurant Attica and The Rocks dining establishment Quay were the only two restaurants this year to score 19, which is seldom awarded.
A total 408 restaurants were awarded Chef Hats around the country in the awards.
All Saints Estate restaurant The Terrace and Border Wine Room in Albury retained Chef Hats while Wodonga fine dining establishment Miss Amelie gained its first Chef Hat since opening in Junction Place about 18 months ago.
Border Wine Room owner of almost three years Kate Murray welcomed the accolades.
“It’s recognition that we’re on the right track and that we’re doing a good job,” she said.
“We don’t chase these types of accolades but it’s nice to be recognised along with the other restaurants in the region like Provenance.
“It’s nice to be in good company of those restaurants.
“It helps our region to be recognised as a food destination.”
Ms Murray said Border Wine Room would offer a change in menu style during 2018 under the direction of a new head chef.
She said a degustation menu would be offered alongside its a la carte dinner menu.
“A la carte will suit those who just want to choose a couple of courses,” Ms Murray said.
Miss Amelie owner and head chef David Kapay welcomed the restaurant’s first Chef Hat award.
“What a way to start the new year!” he said.
“It’s an awesome achievement in just our second year of operation.
“It’s reward for the whole team and their hard work and commitment.
“This is a strong platform to build on and improve; to set new goals and grow the Miss Amelie empire!”
Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hats are awarded for food alone.
Inspectors submit a score out of 20, which is based on the traditional French rating system.
Since the guide's inception in 1977, a score of 20 has never been awarded and seldom have restaurants been awarded a 19.
Readers Choice awards are announced mid-January.