It was a week that changed lives, according to chef Scott O'Sullivan, this year's recipient of _The West Australian _ Good Food Guide Chef of the Year award.
O'Sullivan, the chef owner of Red Cabbage restaurant in South Perth, won the prized trophy for the second year at the annual awards night last week.
O'Sullivan said he and his team were "keeping a lid on it" so "no one gets carried away by all the fuss".
WA Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the annual awards brought not only kudos to the recipients, but also delivered a benefit to the State.
"Scott and Hazel O'Sullivan's award-winning performance is also a celebration of WA's world-beating food and wine culture," Mrs Harvey said.
The Government is writing its Culinary Tourism Strategy, which it says will "raise the profile of culinary experiences as a key tourism experience in WA".Just under 10 million visitors - or half of all visitors to WA - took part in culinary activities last year.