Excelling on the national stage

THERE have been several celebrations in recent weeks worthy of a congratulatory note from Gusto.

The most recent of these was the Australian Hotels Association WA Awards for Excellence.

All up there were 37 winners, which included Carine Tavern for pub of the year, The Queens for the bistro award, Subiaco Hotel for the best restaurant award hotel category, and CBD Restaurant and Bar for the best restaurant award accommodation category.

Two Perth restaurants were nominated for Gourmet Traveller’s restaurant of the year. Star Anise and Fraser’s Restaurant were awarded three stars by the foodie magazine, earning them the chance to be crowned Australia’s restaurant of the year.

Star Anise owner David Coomer flew to Sydney for the awards presentation but didn’t bring home the gong. Instead, Guillaume at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House took out the title.

But Mr Coomer said getting a three-star ranking was an exciting achievement for his Shenton Park restaurant.

Finally, Gusto congratulates Altitude 9, Jackson’s Restaurant and Newtown House.

All three venues have recently won awards at the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association’s National Awards for Excellence. Altitude 9 won Australian function/ convention centre of the year, Jackson’s took home the best modern Australian restaurant of the year and Newtown House won BYO restaurant of the year.

According to Altitude 9 proprietor Mark Dimmitt, the award is a major achievement for all of WA’s winners. Gusto agrees – well done all.


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