Proving that hard work and humility, dedication to craft, respect for ingredients and innovative technique can all co-exist (along with waste-consciousness, and a savvy social-media presence), Josh Niland cuts a hell of a figure in the trade - when he's not too busy, that is, cutting fillets from fresh Yamba anchovies with surgical precision, ageing familiar fish to rare succulence and making rock stars of bycatch species. Oh, and he still isn't 30.
Finalists: Charlie Carrington, Atlas Dining, Melbourne; Danielle Alvarez, Fred's, Sydney
Raise a glass to the winners of Gourmet Traveller's 2018 Restaurant Guide Awards, sponsored by Vittoria Coffee, Santa Vittoria and Ilve. What a busy year it's been. While there's lots changing in Australian dining, it only makes us value the basics - impeccable service, inventive menus and carefully curated wine lists - even more. Here are the best of the best.