2010 SMH Good Food Guide

In an era where chefs are the new celebrities, the Good Food Guide Awards are the Oscars of the NSW food scene. Last night 500 of the industry's nearest and dearest celebrated the cream of the crop, yet as always the night was as much about who missed out, as who was included.

Six restaurants shared top honours and were awarded three chef's hats, however it was the absence of Claude's that was the talk of the evening. In total twenty hats were stripped from restaurants while only 14 new hats were awarded. L'etoile was a surprise inclusion after the mediocre review it received in the Good Living, while Neil Perry's Rockpool Bar & Grill jumped straight into two-hats, presumably a big relief for Perry and his 35 million dollar investment.

In the night's top honours culinary alchemist Mark Best was awarded Best Chef and was also given the nod for favourite bargain with his Friday lunch special. Quay Restaurant, led by Peter Gilmore, was awarded restaurant of the year for the second year in a row, It is the fourth time in the nine years that Gilmore has been at the helm, that this fine diner has taken out top honours. The inaugral award for sustainabilty went to Billy Kwong and Beppi Polese and his gorgeous wife Norma were celebrated for their 40 plus years in the industry. The quirky but interesting editor's picks include Ash Street Cellar as favourite wine bar and Deus Cafe winning favourite cafe.

The results:

Best Chef: Mark Best
Best Restaurant: Quay
Best New Restaurant: Rockpool Bar & Grill
Best Regional Restaurant: Darley's
Josephine Pignolet Award: Mitchell Orr, Sepia
Sustainability Award: Billy Kwong
Professional Excellence Award: Peter Bowyer
Silver Anniversary Stayer Award: Beppi
Vittoria Legend Award: John Hemmes
Sydney Fish Market Best Seafood Restaurant: Pier

3 Hats:

Bilson's, Est, Marque, Pier, Quay, Tetsuya's

2 Hats:

Aria, Assiette, Becasse, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Berowra Waters Inn, Bistro Ortolan, Buon Ricordo, Claude's, Guillaume at Bennelong, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Luio's, Pilu at Freshwater, Restaurant Balzac, Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sean's Panaroma, Universal

1 Hat:

Altitude, Astral, Azuma, The Bathers' Pavillon Restaurant, Bird Cow Fish, Bistro Moncur, Blancharu, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Fish Face, Flying Fish, Forty One, Four in Hand Dining Room, Foveaux Restaurant & Bar, Galileo, Jonah's, L'etoile, Longrain, Oscillate Wildly, Otto Ristorante, Pendolino, Restaurant Arras, Sailors Thai Restaurant, Sepia, Yoshii


New two hatter

Rockpool Bar & Grill

One hat to two hats

Sean's Panaroma

New (or returned) one hatters

Altitude, Blancharu, Galileo, L'etoile, Pendolino, Sepia, Bistro Molines, Journeyan, Lolli Redini, Waters Edge


Three hats to two hats


Two hats to one hat

Fins, Forty One, Vulcans, Yoshii

One hat lost

Artespresso, A Tavola, Bistro CBD, The Burlington Bar and Dining, Catalina, Civic Dining, Courgette, Eschalot, Glebe Point Diner, The Light Brigade, Milsons, Ottoman Cuisine, Perama, The School House, The Wharf

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