The culinary expertise hidden in the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast is no longer, following several hats and award wins at this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards and the NSW Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. With both awards comparing the best against the best, the Shoalhaven is thrilled to receive such honour, with Rick Stein at Bannisters, St Isidore, Cupitts Winery and SOUTH on Albany amongst the winners.
In an exceptional achievement, both Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook and St Isidore restaurant in Milton were awarded with One Hat, equivalent to a score of 15/20, at the 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. Rick Stein at Bannisters specialises in Australian Cuisine, featuring local South Coast ingredients and St Isidore’s is contemporary in style, celebrating the beauty of season and origin reflected in its menu.
The industry-led Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards employ Australia’s leading food critics to contribute to an independent, anonymous and unbiased annual restaurant guide. With a total of 20 points on offer, 10 are awarded for food, five for service, three for ambience, and two for wow factor.
Shoalhaven Tourism Manager, Ms Coralie Bell comments: “We are absolutely thrilled for both Rick Stein at Bannisters and St Isidore to be awarded with such a prestigious honour. The foodie profile of the Shoalhaven is growing with many great wineries and eateries, meaning that your South Coast experience is much more than gorgeous beaches and green rolling pastures. You can have world class food from local sources in our pristine and unspoilt region.
Shoalhaven restaurants Cupitts Kitchen, part of Cupitts Winery, and SOUTH on Albany were also rewarded for their extraordinary offering at the 2016 NSW Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Cupitts Kitchen was a double winner, taking out both the Restaurant Winery and the Tourism Restaurant – People Produce Place awards. Cupitts Kitchen specialises in seasonal food with French and English influences and provides a comfortable and sophisticated dining experience right in the heart of the winery. SOUTH on Albany was the winner of the Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Informal award in an incredibly tough section. SOUTH on Albany has a strong modern European influence and has an emphasis on sourcing the freshest local produce. Both Cupitts Kitchen and SOUTH on Albany are also finalists in the 2016 National Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence, due to be announced October 24.
The Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across the country. It is the only program in Australia where the judging criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience and is specifically designed to objectively recognise and promote industry best practice.
Ms Coralie Bell adds, “It’s been a tremendous month for the Shoalhaven region. From the hatted awards to now the prestigious Savour Awards, it just can’t get much better for our restaurants. Both Cupitts Kitchen and SOUTH on Albany offer exceptional dining experiences and truly deserve this recognition. With the unique dining experiences on offer in the Shoalhaven uncovered, we will continue to attract national and international visitors, building on our local economy and tourism.”
The unspoilt Shoalhaven is home to a vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, hotels and clubs, offering a remarkable variety of eating styles in stunning locations. There are also specialty cooking classes where you can wear your chef’s hat for the afternoon, boutique cafes where you can relax with a scone and a hot cup of tea as well as a multitude of gourmet food producers offering unforgettable experiences – and flavours – just to name a few. The region also features an abundance of aromatic wineries with the regions commitment to quality and producing premium wines recognised with more than 1,000 Australian and International wine awards.