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Kudos for dining excellence in WA
Kudos for dining excellence in WA

Chefs from Perth's top restaurants showed their support for the launch of The West Australian Good Food Guide at a soiree at the West Australian Museum last night.

The museum's foyer was buzzing with excitement as the State prepares for a new era in the restaurant industry.

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There were cheers as the six winners of the inaugural Good Food Guide awards were announced by MC Jeff Newman.

Jackson's Restaurant in Highgate took out the top prize: the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year award.

The award recognised the restaurant which, more than any other in WA, was judged to be "the full package", Good Food Guide editor Rob Broadfield said.

Jackson's owner and chef, Neal Jackson, was humble in his acceptance speech following ovation from his peers in the restaurant industry.

Good Food Guide judges said the food at Jackson's was stunning.

"Its service is intelligent. Its staff are well-informed and polished.

"This award acknowledges that a truly great restaurant is about seeking to elevate the restaurant experience and give customers a memorable 2-3 hours of magic," judges said.

One of Jackson's former sous chefs also received recognition for his efforts. Amuse Restaurant chef and owner Hadleigh Troy received the Lighthouse Chef of the Year award.

"Hadleigh Troy's food, while innovative and highly technical, still manages to be delightful and customer-friendly," judges said.

Greenhouse, in Perth's CBD, took out the Springer Foods Best New Restaurant of the Year award, while its chef, Matt Stone, was recognised as The West Australian Young Chef of the Year.

"Greenhouse is exciting. It's a breath of fresh air and a brilliant example of innovation in the restaurant sector," judges said.

"What else could you say about a restaurant that has its vegetable garden on the roof, grinds its own organic flour, has walls made of hay bales and boasts a zero-carbon footprint."

Must Winebar was awarded the Brookland Valley Wine List of the Year for exemplifying "many of the elements that define an excellent restaurant wine list: variety, ease of navigation and just plain exciting", judges said.

The West Australian Country Restaurant of the Year award was given to Broome restaurant Selene at Pinctada.

Selene won the award, despite not being the highest-scoring restaurant outside the metropolitan area.

"The judges were not only looking for the usual markers of excellence: wine list, service (and) food, but being a regional award, they (also) were looking for a commitment to the use of regional produce and regional producers and to play a role in developing previously untapped tourism potential," judges said.