Chef Guillaume Brahimi at his new bistro in Crown Perth. Picture: Michael O'Brien/The West Australian

The creme de la creme of Perth's dining scene will tonight discover if their efforts have been rewarded in The West Australian Good Food Guide 2013.

Celebrity chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Neil Perry and WA Governor Malcolm McCusker will be among the hundreds of guests at the Good Food Guide Awards to be held at one of the CBD's newest multi-million-dollar restaurant and bar venues, Print Hall.

It has been a big year for Perth's hospitality industry with serious money being spent on restaurants, bars and cafes that have left discerning diners spoilt for choice.

Top chefs and restaurateurs are hoping their commitment to quality dining experiences will be recognised with a listing in WA's third annual Good Food Guide.

One, two or three stars are awarded to the best of the best - although in the past two editions, none of the restaurants scored between 18.5 and 20 points to be announced a three-star winner.

Tonight's gala ceremony will include two new awards: the Governor's Award for Charity and Philanthropy and the Galleria Best Seafood Restaurant.

Brahimi, whose Sydney and Melbourne restaurants have been awarded chef hats in those State's Good Food Guides, said diners in Perth would benefit from the independent guide to dining out.

The French chef, who recently opened Bistro Guillaume at Crown Perth, will be a special guest tonight, but intends to be among the star restaurateurs at next year's awards event.

"I try to be a leader in my field and I always want to be better. The day you stop wanting to be better is the day you start to go down in this industry," Brahimi said.

"The book is exactly what its name says: a celebration of good food for the year.

"You love when you get a good review and you hate when you don't, but it's important to have the guide to recognise those chefs who are excelling in the industry."

Brahimi said he understood how Perth's chefs would be feeling in the lead-up tonight's book launch.

"I still get a buzz from the experience, but in the week before you are definitely worrying about how your restaurant was scored," he said.

"Realistically, people know how their restaurant is going, so don't expect miracles in the Good Food Guide if you have not been performing at your best."


The West Australian

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