Reputable for being the most objective awards systems in the world – the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2014 series kicked off at 6:30pm in Canberra last night.
Almost 70 local caterers and restaurant and café operators were judged across 28 categories for the ceremony held at Hotel Realm in Barton.
The major award winners that took home a plate included:
Ricardo’s Café in Macquarie won the Consumer Vote Award;
Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie took out the Restaurant of the Year;
Kitchen Witchery Catering in Fyshwick was named Caterer of the Year.
Kitchen Witchery Catering and Ricardo’s Café performed extremely well with Kitchen Witchery Catering also winning the Small Caterer category and Ricardo’s Café additionally being awarded with Breakfast Restaurant and Café Restaurant.
Restaurant & Catering CEO John Hart congratulates all of the winners, especially Kitchen Witchery Catering and Ricardo’s Cafe, which went home with numerous plates to demonstrate professionalism and excellence in their field.
“The winners should be proud that they have excelled in a rigorous system, where nothing goes unnoticed – a big congratulations to Kitchen Witchery Catering and Ricardo’s Café which wowed the judged in two categories,” said Mr Hart.
Chair Judge Kate McGhie says the Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence is important to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in food and service standards.
“The Awards for Excellence look at the entire dining experience, rather than a single food or service dimension,” said Ms McGhie.
The winning businesses will now compete at the National Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence to be held at Peninsula Docklands on Monday 27th October 2014.
Through a new partnership with Melbourne Food and Wine, the night of nights will bring attendees the freshest and finest Victorian produce and prized wine to support the Put Victoria on Your Table campaign.
R&CA CEO John Hart says in addition to the traditional categories, the national event will also see a new and exciting focus on training, development and social media.
“Whilst the George Mure Memorial Professional Development Award is designed to encourage and recognise excellence in training in the workplace – the Innovative Workplace Training Award will reward innovative approaches to the skills development of staff.
“The Social Media Award - also new this year – will award the business with the most Facebook and/or Twitter likes – which is an important step to help encourage the upskilling of the industry,” said Mr Hart.