Leading the way is Jock Zonfrillo’s new venture Orana, with nominations in the New Restaurant Of The Year, Wine List Of The Year and Sommelier Of The Year categories.
The fresh-faced team of Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill, who took over as head chefs at Penfolds Magill Estate last year, has been nominated for Best New Talent, while South Australia’s small bar legislation is partly to thank for our final nomination in the Bar Of The Year category, going to Clever Little Tailor. You can find the full list of nominees below. The winners will be announced on Wednesday August 20 at the launch of the 2015 Australian Restaurant Guide. The five South Australian nominations are an outstanding achievement in the largely east coast-dominated awards and mark a turning point for Adelaide’s hospitality industry. In previous years South Australian venues have fared poorly at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, scoring two nominations in 2012 and only one in 2013. Finalists: 2014 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards Best New Talent Mat Lindsay, Ester, Sydney, NSW Victor Liong, Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne, Vic Alex Drobysz, Bar Nacional, Melbourne, Vic Eun Hee An & Ben Sears, Moon Park, Sydney, NSW Mike Eggert & Jemma Whiteman, Pinbone, Sydney, NSW Scott Huggins & Emma Jade Mccaskill, Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide, SA New Restaurant Of The Year Brae, Birregurra, Vic Ester, Sydney, NSW Orana, Adelaide, SA Wine List Of The Year Moon Park, Sydney, NSW Print Hall, Perth, WA Orana, Adelaide, SA Sommelier Of The Year Nick Hildebrandt, Bentley, Sydney, NSW Marc Esteve Mateu, The Press Club, Melbourne, Vic Josh Picken, Orana, Adelaide, SA Maître d’ Of The Year Simon Freeman, Brae, Birregurra, Vic Christian McCabe, The Town Mouse, Melbourne, Vic Romeo Lee, Sixpenny, Sydney, NSW Regional Restaurant Of The Year Brae, Birregurra, Vic Provenance, Beechworth, Vic Nu Nu, Palm Cove, Qld Bar Of The Year Bar Americano, Melbourne, Vic Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, Qld Clever Little Tailor, Adelaide, SA