Melbourne Turns up the Heat and Gets into the Kitchen
Time Out Melbourne’s Food Awards, which celebrate the best restaurants, talent and value across the city, has announced the nominees for 2015.
The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Monday 17 August at George Calombaris’s restaurant Gazi.
The nominees will be vying for a win across ten categories, including the coveted Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant Awards. Chef of the Year Award provides a much appreciated thank you (and ego-massage) to an individual Head Chef.
Acknowledging the diversity of restaurants, there’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Casual Dining Restaurant, and Best Bang for Buck Awards. The Legend Award pays homage to an industry stalwart, while Best Café applauds those places we frequent in the day time for caffeine and bites. The Hot Talent Award recognises the new generation of cheffing talent everyone should be watching, while the People’s Choice Award hands voting to the public for their opinion on who was the best restaurant of 2015.
Time Out Australia CEO Michael Rodrigues says, “The Time Out team dine out relentlessly so that they constantly know what’s going on in Melbourne’s incredible eating scene. Melbourne’s cafes and restaurants are world leaders in quality and creativity. This is our way of recognising the people and venues that bring us hungry folk amazing dishes… and to nurture a bit of healthy competition along the way.”
The Time Out Melbourne Food Awards ceremony will be emceed by Andrew McClelland, all-round funny guy and DJ behind club nights Yeh Yeh and Finishing School. Tickets to the awards night are available to the public, who are encouraged to come along and rub shoulders with their favourite chefs and restaurateurs. Appletiser Sparkling Apple Juice and Yenda Beer will be supplying awesome cocktails and beer on the night, with Cargo Crew Apparel also joining the party.
And the nominees are:
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Kappo Ryan Flaherty, Mister Jennings
Lucy Liu Michael Lambie, The Smith, Lucy Liu
Minamishima Koichi Minamishima, Minamishima
Stokehouse City Scott Picket, ESP, Estelle, St Crispin
Supernormal Ben Shewry, Attica
BEST NEW RESTAURANT BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT
Estelle Bistro Flower Drum
Mister Jennings LEGEND AWARD
Transformer Will be announced on the night
BEST CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT Kettle Black (South Melbourne)
Belle’s Hot Chicken Mastic (Kew)
The Independent Piggery Café (Burnham Beeches, Sherbrooke)
Longhorn Saloon Rudimentary (Footscray)
Magic Mountain Saloon Sir Charles (Fitzroy)
BEST BANG FOR BUCK Botherambo
Hakata Gensuke (Melbourne) Captain Baxter
Lazerpig (Collingwood) Chin Chin
RV1 Dosa Corner (Footscray) Gazi
Shandong Mama Mini (Melbourne) Hutong Dumpling Bar
Tina’s Noodle Kitchen (Melbourne) Lee Ho Fook
HOT TALENT AWARD Saigon Sally
Blayne, Chayse & Tyson Bertoncello, O. My Tokyo Tina
Mauro Callegari, The Independent
Thi Le, Anchovy Open to public vote at timeout.com/melbourne
Adam Shoebridge, Bar Clarine
Shaun Quade and John Paul Fiechtner, Lûmé
The Time Out Food Awards are an industry-recognized celebration of talent, voted on by independent editors and reviewers.
Tickets are now on sale for Melbourne.
WHAT: Time Out Food Awards Melbourne
WHEN: Monday 17th August, 2015, 6.30 – 10.30pm
WHERE: Gazi Restaurant, 2 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Standard Tickets: $60 + BF (after Thursday 23 July: includes food, drinks, good times + a copy of TOFA issue worth $4.95)
Early Bird Tickets: $55 + BF (valid from Thursday 9 – Thursday 23 July)
VIP Tickets: $80 + BF (includes Time Out Melb subscription worth $34.95 + bonus bag on the night!)
Facebook: Time Out Melbourne