Restaurant Awards

Who was at the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards?

From the red carpet to the last digestif, see what went down at the food world's biggest night of the year.

Guests seated in Restaurant Hubert's dining room

Lauren Tromp

The food world’s night of nights was held at Restaurant Hubert in Sydney on 22 August, where the winners of the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards were revealed and the latest Australian Restaurant Guide was launched.

The Old World glamour of French-influenced Hubert provided the ideal backdrop to the gala event, presented in partnership with Vittoria Coffee and Santa Vittoria. And there was plenty to toast, from Quay being named Restaurant of the Year to the crowning of young seafood savant Josh Niland the new Chef of the Year. Here’s the night in pictures.

Quay chef Peter Gilmore with Josh and Julie Niland of Saint Peter (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Momofuku Seiobo maître d’ Kylie Javier Ashton and chef Paul Carmichael (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Gourmet Traveller editor Sarah Oakes (photo: Dave McKelvey).

Rootstock’s Giorgio De Maria and James Hird (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Gerald Diffey of Gerald’s bar with Gourmet Traveller’s chief restaurant critic Pat Nourse (photo: Dave McKelvey).

Orana chef Jock Zonfrillo with Mat Lindsay of Poly and Ester (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Oysters with tomato vinaigrette (photo: Lauren Trompp).

G&Ts featuring Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Santa Vittoria tonic and orange (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Attica sommelier Jane Lopes and chef-owner Ben Shewry (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Gourmet Traveller editorial coordinator Harriet Davidson and creative director Liz Elton (photo: Lauren Trompp).


Restaurant Hubert’s Anton Forte and Billy Kwong chef Kylie Kwong (photo: Dave McKelvey)

Café Di Stasio maître d’ Mallory Wall (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Louise Olsen and Heleena Trahanas of Dinosaur Designs with Gourmet Traveller food director Lisa Featherby (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Restaurant of the Year winner Quay: chef Peter Gilmore, restaurateur John Fink, general manager Jeremy Courmadias and restaurateur Leon Fink (photo: Lauren Trompp).

The cocktail list at Hubert (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Stu Gregor of Four Pillars Gin and restaurateur Chris Lucas (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Hubert sommelier Andy Tyson, artist Allie Webb and Anton and Stefan Forte of Hubert (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Nick Smith and Louis Couttoupes of Bar Rochford (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Entrées are served (photo: Dave McKelvey)

Monica Brown of Lotus Communications and Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Sommelier of the Year Emma Farrelly (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Rootstock’s Giorgio De Maria (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Franklin chef Analiese Gregory with Tania Fergusson of Automata (photo: Lauren Trompp)

Gourmet Traveller’s Pat Nourse (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Keryn Giles and Amy Hamilton of Liberté, winner of Bar of the Year (photo: Lauren Trompp)

Continental Bar & Deli’s Michael Nicolian, Pasan Wijesena of Jacoby’s and Shannon Martinez of Smith & Daughters (photo: Lauren Trompp).

The team from Harrolds raise a glass (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Rolando and Les Schirato of Vittoria Coffee with Neil Perry (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Best New Talent winner Ali Currey-Voumard of The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Hubert chef Dan Pepperell on the pass (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Guests seated in the dining room (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Pâté en croûte (photo: Dave McKelvey)

Gourmet Traveller senior editor David Matthews (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Saint Peter’s Josh Niland with the award for Chef of the Year (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Vittoria Coffee’s Les Schirato AM with Trish Pegorer of Mutti. (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Chef Andrew McConnell of three-star Cutler & Co congratulates fellow Victorian Jared Hill, sommelier at Brae (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Mutti flower arrangement on the welcome desk at Hubert (photo: Lauren Trompp).

The team from Restaurant of the Year Quay with Gourmet Traveller’s Sarah Oakes (far left) and Pat Nourse (far right) (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Chanel’s Amanda Kwiatkowski with Bauer Media’s Karen Holmes, Fiorella Di Santo (General Manager – Food & Homes) and Raquel Desic (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Jock Zonfrillo of Orana, GT‘s WA State Editor Max Veenhuyzen, Igni’s Jo Ward and Aaron Turner, chef at Igni (photo: Lauren Trompp).

Vittoria’s Joshua Passaro and Sam Haroon with Aria Brisbane chef Ben Russell and Brae sommelier Jared Hill (photo: Lauren Trompp)

Espresso by Vittoria (photo: Lauren Trompp)

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