Young Stars at Appetite for Excellence

Some of the biggest names in the culinary world came out to celebrate Australia's hottest new talent in the hospitality industry this week at the 2011 Elextrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards.

Among the guests at the exclusive reception in Sydney were Peter Gilmore (Quay), Justin and Georgia North (Becasse), Christine Manfield (Universal), Philip Johnson (Ecco) and food commentator Lyndey Milan.

The Young Chef of the Year was announced as Richard Ousby from Quay, who was thrilled to take out the top spot.

“It is great to gain recognition for your efforts and be rewarded for the hard work we put in each day,” he said. “This program has been an amazing experience, I have learnt so much and I look forward to making the most of the future opportunities.”

The winners receive a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to expand their food and wine skills, learn from some of the world’s best chefs and be inspired by an amazing overseas trip. They are:

Young Chef of the Year

Winner: Richard Ousby, Quay
Runner Up: Victor Liong, Marque Restaurant

Young Waiter of the Year

Winner: James Sexton, Sepia Restaurant & Wine Bar
Runner Up: Anthony Moore, Bentley Restaurant & Bar
Judges Acknowledgement: Glenn Mill, Jacques Reymond

Young Restaurateur of the Year

Winner: Clint Hillery, Time to Vino, Sydney
Highly Commended: Belinda Stapleton, Restaurant Botanica, Hunter Valley

Co-founded by Luke Mangan and Lucy Allon in 2005, Electrolux Appetite for Excellence is a national hospitality awards program dedicated to educating and nurturing emerging industry professionals.

Over the last few months, the 2011 winners have competed in a range of hospitality challenges to prove their culinary skills including mystery box cook offs, customer service tests, food and wine knowledge tests and one-on-one interviews, all under careful scrutiny from a judging panel comprised of Australia’s leading chefs and hospitality leaders including:

Mark Best (Marque), Tony Bilson (Bilsons), Peter Doyle (Est), Peter Gilmore (Quay), Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino, Mirka at Tolarno; Grossi Trattoria, Bangkok), Philip Johnson (Ecco), Christine Manfield (Universal), Georgia North (Becasse; Etch Dining; Plan B; Le Grande Café, Sydney; Charlie & Co), Lisa Van Haandel (Circa, The Prince; Carousel; Longrain Melbourne; The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay),

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