Thursday, 18 May 2017

AUSTRALIA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS FOOD GUIDE GOES NATIONAL

  • The Good Food Guide –Australia’s new one-stop guide to the best restaurants, cafes and bars in every state and territory

The go-to guides for everything food and drink related on Australia’s east coast are going national – with the Good Food Guide 2018 set to expand beyond New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and shine a spotlight on the must-visit dining destinations across Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The Good Food Guide will – for the first time – visit capital cities in every Australian state and territory – from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne to Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

On sale later this year, the expanded Good Food Guide will be an all-encompassing national “bible” of reviews, revealing the restaurants across the nation that have been awarded a prestigious hat.

The historic move builds upon a proud 38-year tradition of culinary recognition, journalism and review. The Age Good Food Guide launched in 1979, followed by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 1984 and, most recently, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide in 2015.

“Our defining strength, and the reason why people trust the Good Food Guide, is the independence of our critics,” said Good Food Guide 2018 co-editorMyffy Rigby. We’re stringent when it comes to judging. That means we look at service, ambience, X-factor, and – most importantly – food, to award those all-important hats.”

“It will be really exciting to see new names and restaurants from all around Australia become hatted when the Guide is published later this year,” added Good Food Guide 2018 co-editor Roslyn Grundy.

Distribution of the Guide will also increase in line with the national focus and will be on sale in newsagents across Australia, as well as online.

We’re broadening the Guide’s scope, content and circulation to meet our readers’ hunger for critical and reliable food reviews across the country,” said Roslyn Grundy.

The Good Food Guide 2018 will continue to award the best restaurants in the country via its highly coveted hats. To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history, with the term “hatted” becoming embedded in the Australian lexicon.

Along with reviews around the country, the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year, Citi Chef of the Year and Citi Service Excellence will be awarded nationally, growing their reputation as some of Australia’s most sought-after culinary titles.

The prestigious Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award will also go national, with applications open to chefs from across the country until June 1, 2017. Previous winners of the Award include some of Australia’s best-known chefs including Mark Best, Dan Hong and Mitch Orr.

“The Good Food Guide retains the features readers have always loved -- reviews of restaurants, cafes, bars, and cheap eats -- and greatly expands the interstate coverage, making the Guide the trusted source of information about where to find the best – and hatted – venues in every capital and beyond,” said Myffy Rigby.

The Good Food Guides have long been Australia’s leading, most-trusted restaurant review guides, compiled by respected independent critics and edited by Myffy Rigby and Roslyn Grundy. Reviewers always visit anonymously and all meals are paid for to ensure credibility and objectivity.

The national Good Food Guide 2018 will retail for $29.95.

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