Two major industry awards were held last week – the 2018 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS National Awards for Excellence and the 2018 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA).

Savour Australia celebrated the achievements of Australia’s finest hospitality businesses.

Cafes, restaurants and catering businesses who had previously won Awards in their respective categories at a state and territory level were formally recognised at the event.

Juliana Payne, R&CA CEO said, “Out of the 45,000 businesses across Australia’s cafe, restaurant and catering sector, the businesses recognised as part of our Awards have consistently displayed the high standards of excellence, commitment and professionalism which have come to be expected from the Australian dining public.

“As has been the case in previous years, the standard of entries received across all categories was exceptionally strong. All businesses recognised as part of the 2018 National Awards for Excellence have made stellar contributions to the culinary landscape, at both a state and national level.

The Savour Australia National 2018 Award winners across the major categories were:

  • Café of the Year – The Tea Lounge – Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel, YARRALUMLA (ACT)
  • Caterer of the Year – National Press Club of Australia, BARTON (ACT)
  • Restaurant of the Year – Tetsuya’s, SYDNEY (NSW)
  • Chef of the Year – Dan Hunter, Brae (VIC)

In the RESTAURANT IN A PUB/CLUB/TAVERN category, Bel Cibo at Revesby Workers’ Club took out the Gold award with Lavarack Restaurant at Townsville RSL taking home the Silver.  The Grand Dining Room & Bar in Richmond Victoria was awarded 3rd place with a Bronze.

Greenfield Station at Bankstown Sports Club took out second place in the FAMILY DINING RESTAURANT Category.

For the full list of the Savour Australia national winners click here >> 

The Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) sported a Halloween theme this year and attracted close to 600 people from across the industry to see 54 awards presented.

There were 12 Major Awards on the night including:

Bartender of the Year – Natalie Ng, Door Knock, Sydney, NSW
Highly commended – Matt Linklater, Black Pearl, Fitzroy, VIC

Publican of the Year – Steve McDermott, The Duke of Clarence, Sydney, NSW
Highly commended – Shaun Spencer, Garden State Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Bar of the Year – The Barber Shop, Sydney, NSW
Highly commended – The Baxter Inn, Sydney, NSW

Hotel of the Year – The Lincoln, Carlton, VIC
Highly commended – The Newport, Newport, NSW

Hotel Group Operator of the Year – Solotel
Highly commended – Merivale

Bar Group Operator of the Year – Speakeasy Group

Highly commended – Applejack Hospitality

New Product of the Year – Iron Jack
Highly commended – Tanqueray & Tonic RTD

Liquor Brand of the Year – Furphy Refreshing Ale
Highly commended – Aperol

Retail Group of the Year – Bottlemart
Highly commended – Liquor Barons

Liquor Store of the Year – Bayfield’s Liquor Superstore, Dee Why, NSW
Highly commended – Dan Murphy’s, Prahran, VIC

On-premise Supplier of the Year– Vanguard Luxury Brands
Highly commended – Asahi Premium Beverages

Off-Premise Supplier of the Year– Asahi Premium Beverages
Highly commended – Treasury Wine Estates

Click here to see the full list of winners and all the ALIA highlights at The Shout >>

Main photo:  Bel Ceibo, Revesby Workers Club