2009 Restaurant & Catering QLD HOST PLUS Awards For Excellence




NuNu’s at Palm Cove – Best Breakfast in Queensland

39 winners were announced at the 2009 Restaurant & Catering Queensland HOSTPLUS State Awards for Excellence. Queensland’s largest hospitality and tourism awards highlighted the Industry’s finest within the state at the Awards for Excellence presentation night dinner Hillstone St Lucia.

Five hundred hospitality professionals came together, travelling from Port Douglas in the North to Coolangatta in the South and out to St George in the West. All six regions came together to celebrate the culinary diversity of the state and to see who the top performers were for 2009.

 Early in the night Michel Flores from Townsville was honoured for his contribution to the industry and presented with the 2009 Queensland Lifetime Achiever Award.

Then the credits rolled to announce; Brisbane’s Mons Ban Sabai Thai Garden Restaurant, Queensland’s Best BYO Restaurant and Best Thai Restaurant.

Brisbane proved they are home to the Best Seafood Restaurant with Lure Seafood Restaurant at The Coro (Milton), the Best Pizza Restaurant with Sugo Mi (Bulimba), Best European Restaurant, C’est Bon (Woolloongabba), Best Coffee Shop/ Tea Room, High Societea (Clayfield), Best Café Restaurant, Boroughs Café Wine Bar ( Sandgate), Best Chinese Restaurant, Enjoy Inn (Fortitude Valley) Best Italian Restaurant , Bar Alto (New Farm) and Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Gianni’s Restaurant (CBD).

Brisbane Restaurateur John Kilroy’s new Jellyfish Restaurant (CBD) picked up Best New and Best Specialty Cuisine Restaurant while Cha Cha Char (CBD) regained its title as Queensland’s Best Steak Restaurant.

The Sunshine Coast’s Wasabi Restaurant won Best Asian Restaurant (Noosa Sound), Rocco Noosa (Noosa) Best Entertainment Restaurant, Lindoni’s Ristorante Italiano (Noosa) Best Alfresco Dining Restaurant, Blue Ginger (Noosaville) Best Informal Dining Restaurant and Best Indian Restaurant was India Today Restaurant (Caloundra).

The Gold Coast saw Chill on Tedder (Main Beach) win Best Chef Owner Restaurant, the Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast- Waves Restaurant won Best Casual Dining Buffet Restaurant and the Gold Coast Arts Centre was awarded Best Venue Caterer 2009.

nick-hollowayNu Nu Restaurant (Palm Cove) was awarded Queensland’s Best Breakfast Restaurant, The Beach House (Hamilton Island) was awarded Best Tourism Restaurant whilst Capers at the Beach Bar/Grill (Airlie Beach) won Best Professional Development under 100 Staff.

Best Institutional Caterer was QR Catering Unit, Lifestyle Chef won Best Site Caterer and Best Event Caterer was given to Spotless at Indy.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre received top accolades with both Best Function/Convention Centre Caterer and Caterer of the Year 2009.

The supreme Restaurant of the Year title belongs to Philip Johnson’s Brisbane Restaurant E’cco Bistro. E’cco was also named Queensland’s Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant.

The crowned winners from Queensland will now compete in the Restaurant & Catering Savour Australia National Awards for Excellence to be hosted in Canberra. The prestigious national awards evening will be held on the 19th of October and the winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at Parliament House.

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