This award is peer-voted: we ask chefs from the Top 100 restaurants in the previous edition of this guide to name the Australian chef they most respect. Last year, it was Andrew McConnell, chef and co-owner of Melbourne's Cutler & Co, and the year before it was Ben Shewry, of Attica. This year we welcome our first Sydney chef to the hall of fame, and it's none other than Martin Benn. Fittingly enough he's a chef's chef, a skilled technician who, thanks to having laboured under both Marco Pierre White in England and Tetsuya Wakuda here in his adopted home, is as proficient in the flavours of the East as he is well-versed in the traditions of the West. Benn has a humility that's common to the previous winners of this award, and he also shares their apparent ability to look not just at what diners want now, but what they might expect tomorrow.
2014 has been an exciting year in food, making for a particularly interesting crop of winners in the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards. Hungry for talent? Read on.