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October 21, 2013 Accolades, Headline News No Comments Email Email
egtmedia59Its award season for this years Golden Plate Awards and last week saw the awards for the Ballarat-Daylesford region presented at the Regent Cinema in Ballarat. Some 200 of the regions top culinary achievers decked themselves out in their full finery (Gatsby Style) to celebrate the success of Ballarat’s regional food and wine scene. The presentation, hosted by Seven Networks Rebecca Maddern, took on a new look this year with a dynamic video
presentation of all the finalists on the big screen at the cinema followed by a cocktail reception at Jackson’s and Co.
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The big winner was Mercato at Daylesford which took out the prestigious culinary award for the first time, from a truly ‘hot field’ that included The Avoca Hotel, The Plough at Mryniong, Mitchell Harris Wine Bar and the Forge Pizzeria. Commenting on the win judging panel President Rita Erlich said: “Richard Mee should be commended for the high level of professionalism shown across the board, and for keeping this consistent each year.
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The menu, presentation and delicate balance of flavours of the food show skill and intelligence, the wine list shows dedication and a desire to offer only the cream of Victorian wine, and the high standard of service reflect the polish of the dining room.
Mercato is just a lovely restaurant, and a very enjoyable place to visit time and time again.”
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The Chef of the year for the region was The Avoca Hotels Christopher Howe, and Christopher is now in the running for the Garuda Indonesia Chef of the Year Sate Prize that will be announced at the final event of the awards season in Geelong on November 11th. Judges also made special mention of Creswick’s french patisserie Le Peche Gourmand, which won the Best Unlicensed Cafe award and the Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, which took out the judges award for Innovation.
For a full list of winners and to read all of the judges comments visit the Golden Plate Awards website at http://www.goldenplateawards.com.au.
Written by Peter Watson

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