Jock Zonfrillo’s Orana continues to impress, as the Rundle Street establishment was named South Australia’s Best Restaurant at the Restaurant and Catering SA Awards for Excellence at the Entertainment Centre last night.
The win follows Orana’s three nominations in the national Gourmet Traveller Awards, which includes New Restaurant of the Year, Sommelier of the Year and Wine List of the Year for the magazine’s annual awards that will be announced later this month. Orana, with its native Australian-inspired fine cuisine, also took home the Best Fine Dining gong at last night’s Restaurant and Catering Awards. Other major winners include the National Wine Centre, which won Caterer of the Year while the Wine Centre’s Head Chef Philip Pope was named Best Chef. Golden Boy was named Best New Restaurant while the Botanic Garden Restaurant took home two gongs: Best Contemporary Australian (Metropolitan) and Best Wedding Caterer. The Lifetime Achiever Award went to Appellation’s Jim Carreker while Magill Estate’s Martin O’Connor won Best Maitre d’ and Press* Food and Wine’s David Currie was named Sommelier of the Year. The winners are below. rcsa.asn.au Restaurant and Catering SA Awards for Excellence 2014 Winners Best Restaurant: Orana Lifetime Achiever: Jim Carreker (Appellation at the Louise) Best Chef: Philip Pope (National Wine Centre) Best Fine Dining: Orana Best New Restaurant: Golden Boy Popular Choice: Peel Street Best Restaurant in a Winery: Hentley Farm Best Maitre d’: Martin O’Connor (Magill Estate) Caterer of the Year: National Wine Centre Best Wedding Caterer: Botanic Garden Restaurant Best Vietnamese Restaurant: My Tho City Best Venue Caterer: Epicure at the State Library Best Thai: Toptai Best Sushi: Sushi Train (Central Market) Best Steak (Informal): Carmel’s Cafe Bar and Grill Best Steak (Formal): Mayura Station’s The Tasting Room Best Small Caterer: Mediterranean Best Small Bar: The Tasting Room Best Site Contract Caterer: Medirest at Eldercare Allambi Best Seafood: Cardone’s Seafood and Grill Best Restaurant in a Pub/Club: The HWY Best Restaurant in a Hotel: The Treasury Best Mexican: Viva Zapata Best Japanese: Shiki Best Italian Formal: Chianti Best Italian Informal: Ambrosini’s Best Industrial Institutional Caterer: Medirest at Eldercare Allambi Best Greek Restaurant: Zucca Greek Mezze Best Function Centre: National Wine Centre Best Family Restaurant: Cucina Nuova Best Event Caterer: Adelaide Oval& Best European: Georges on Waymouth Best Contemporary Australian (Regional): Appellation at the Louise Best Contemporary Australian (Metropolitan): Botanic Garden Restaurant Best Coffee Shop: Cibo Espresso (O’Connell St) Best Chinese Restaurant: House of Chow Best Cafe: Assaggio Best Breakfast: Chianti Best Bakery/Patisserie: Muratti Cakes & Gateaux Best Asian: Hanuman Best Wine List: Barn Steakhouse Sommelier of the Year: David Currie (Press* Food and Wine) Media Winnes: David Washington (InDaily) Safety Award: Adelaide Casino Best service Provider: Abeo Design Apprentice Cook of the Year: Brionie Pearson (Lenzerheide) Best Employee: Poonam Desai (British India) Best Employer: The Strand Cafe Best Product Supplier: Treasury Wine Estate Hall of Fame (Best Steak): Barn Steakhouse Hall of Fame (Site Contract Caterer): Eurest at Hewlett Packard Hall of Fame (Restaurant in a Hotel): Playford Adelaide Hall of Fame (Coffee Shop/Tea House): Argo on The Parade Jock Zonfillo picutre: Matt Turner