Gault&Millau Australia Awards

G&M Australia is proud to present 15 Coveted Awards in each of the main areas of food and service across Australia.

Finalists for each award will be announced and presented with a branded certificate at each of the respective Mise en Place Trade Events.

Winners announced at the 2019 G&M Australia Restaurant Guide Launch in Sydney on Monday 11th February 2019.

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The Gault&Millau Australia Award Categories:


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR, sponsored by lavazza

At G&M Australia, we believe we review all of the finest restaurants across Australia – and with many restaurants reaching new heights each year, the top few can score within a fraction of one another. This award celebrates the top-scoring restaurants in each city.

CHEF OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Australian pork

In the demanding role of Chef, remaining current, creative and on top of your game can be quite a challenge. This award identifies chefs who demonstrate outstanding technique while pushing creative boundaries and demonstrating a firm commitment to the hospitality industry.


New restaurants are commonplace, and many rely on an expert team to create a dining space and menu that will inspire multiple visits. However, the detailed planning, hard work and capital risk required often go unnoticed. This award recognises restaurants that have entered the market with exceptional professionalism and expertise.

SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by riedel

More than ever before, Australian restaurateurs and chefs are embracing talented sommeliers, both to add value to the customer experience and to enhance the prestige of their restaurants. This award acknowledges some of the exceptionally talented sommeliers discovered during this year’s review process.


Great chefs know that how guests are welcomed and served can be just as important as ingredients, flavours, creative menus and exquisite plating. G&M Australia has identified restaurant professionals who demonstrate a passion for hospitality, as well as outstanding personal qualities that complement the style of their restaurant. This award recognises these dedicated individuals. 


Great chefs are born not only out of talent and a desire to create, but through determination and extraordinarily hard work over long hours. In Australia, we are fortunate to have many talented and hardworking chefs and apprentice chefs to lead the industry into the future. This award provides the winner with an unprecedented opportunity to hone their skills while building upon their experience.

pastry chef of the year, SPONSORED BY APROMO TRADING

Given the legacy of our French traditions, this particular award is very close to our heart, and it brings us great joy to encourage the excellence of pastry in Restaurants, Bakeries, and Patisseries, so that one day Australia will have the depth of talent that exists in France. We believe that dream is achievable, and look forward to being part of that journey with our like-minded sponsor.     

producer of the year, sponsored by olsson's salts

G&M recognise that the majority of menus in the quality restaurants which we review throughout the country are primarily produce driven, and it is important the incredible achievements of those outstanding artisan producers, is both acknowledged and celebrated with this prestigious award sponsored by a leader in that field.   

YELLOW ROSE for industry legend

The Yellow Rose celebrates the leadership and legacy of an individual to the Industry, which is inestimable in terms of their overall contribution to the development of Cuisine and Service standards within Australia, which includes the mentorship of other Chefs and Professionals to further the realisation of their vision.


And introducing five new categories for 2018:



With some of Australia’s best Chefs now operating Restaurants in Regional locations, showcasing the stunning produce of their surrounding food bowls, the development of this Regional food trend has been identified by G&M as an important part of the overall Australian Cuisine mosaic.  


This award recognises the best of the new G&M POP category, a selection of trendy and accessible restaurants, bars and bistros created to enjoy, where experience and concept occupy a central place, delivering the food and wine experience in a dynamic way to multiple dining demographics. Whilst it may not conform to traditional expectations, it must still provide a unique and memorable experience to the diner that is professional, fresh and inspired.

Hotel/Casino/Resort Restaurant of the Year

The emergence of Restaurants of significance within Hotels and Casinos is undeniable, and we believe this trend deserves recognition for those Restaurants striving to provide both its patrons and visitors the best food and wine experience not only within that Hotel or Casino, but also in a wider context.


Whilst our Professional of the Year recognises an individual, that provides or influences an exceptional service experience, this award rewards a team achievement in delivering that overall outcome. G&M are very passionate about improving service standards, and we believe this award is a positive step in the right direction.  

Culinary Advocate of the Year

Whilst G&M strives to be the authoritative voice on dining within Australia, it also acknowledges both the importance and value of other opinions that inspire innovative thought and desirable outcomes, which contributes to a thriving industry. Our Guide is built on a foundation of respect, and this award will highlight another voice that champions the Industry.        

Restaurateur of the Year

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