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Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant

Sydney’s Quay Restaurant, owned by chef Peter Gilmore (pictured above) has won the top ranking at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards for two years in a row.

bondi chai The Modern Australian and Seafood restaurant has picked up the prestigious Restaurant Of The Year award, conquering more than 400 restaurants around Australia.

The annual awards were held in Sydney on 24 August 2009 with New South Wales leading the winners, while Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia gathered very few awards.

Australian Gourmet Traveller editor Anthea Loucas says Quay is a deserved winner and has gone from strength to strength since being named Australia’s top restaurant last year.

She says it’s now recognised not only as a local leader, but as one of the best restaurants in the world.

Restaurant of the Year – Quay, Sydney, NSW

Best New Talent – Ryan Squires, The Buffalo Club, Brisbane, Qld

Maitre d’ of the Year – Tom Sykes, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

Wine List of the Year – Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

Bar of the Year – Gerald’s Bar, Melbourne, Vic

Sommelier of the Year – Kjell Ove Almeland, Jackson’s, Perth, WA

Regional Restaurant of the Year – Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Vic

Best New Restaurant – Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry – Leo Schofield, restaurant critic

The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide’s three-star rated restaurants:

Guillaume at Bennelong

Vue de Monde

Close observers will notice that Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill won 3 awards – Maitre d’ of the Year – Tom Syke, Wine List of the Year and Best New Restaurant – as well as garnering three stars – congratulations folks and one can only imagine how greater the demand will be for a table – advice readers, book well in advance!!