Local restaurants gets a Hat

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Local restaurants gets a Hat Local restaurants gets a Hat



The scores are in and the results are official – The Goldfields are home to some of Australia’s top restaurants, with the recently released national Good Food Guide awarding restaurants in Bendigo and Castlemaine with hat status.

Bendigo’s Masons of Bendigo was the highest reviewed restaurant in the region, with a score of 15.5/20 and 1 hat.

Castlemaine’s The Public Inn also received 1 hat with a score of 15/20, while Bendigo’s The Woodhouse narrowly missed out of a hat with a score of 14.5/20 – but still received a stellar review and was included in the 2019 edition of the Guide.

The Guide of independent, anonymous reviews is written by a panel of trusted restaurant critics and recognises the best Australian restaurants nationally with ‘hats’, symbolised by a chef’s toque.


To secure a coveted spot in the Guide, restaurants in New South Wales and Victoria must score at least 14 out of 20, while all other states must score a minimum of 15. 


To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history, and the term ‘hatted’ has become embedded in the Australian lexicon. 


More than 500 restaurants from across the country were reviewed for this year’s Guide, with 264 of these receiving hat status, ranging from one to three.


Only seven restaurants nationally achieved the top accolade of three hats, and they include Attica (VIC), Brae (VIC), Momofuku Seiobo (NSW), Minamishima (VIC), Quay (NSW), Restaurant Orana (SA) and Sixpenny (NSW).


The catalogue of influential Guide editors includes founding editors Claude Forell in Melbourne and Leo Schofield in Sydney – along with Terry Durack, Jill Dupleix and Matthew Evans – who have charted the growth of the restaurant industry in Australia, and helped to shape it. 


It is this rich 39-year tradition that the 2019 Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby upholds, ensuring the Guide remains Australia’s pre-eminent restaurant bible.


“The second annual national Good Food Guide is a reflection of the thousands of voices that make Australia one of the most diverse and delicious places to eat in the world. The Guide is a celebration of the industry as a whole. Every one of the restaurants featured is a summation of all those moving parts. We recognise the hard work of all those Australian restaurants and everything they do to enrich the scene.”


The national Good Food Guide 2019 is out now and retailing for $29.99.in newsagents and online at: www.thestore.com.au/goodfood


The score breakdown for reviews and awarding of hats is:


14                    Good

1 hat               15 Very good

2 hats             16 Great

2 hats             17 Excellent

3 hats             18 Outstanding

3 hats             19 Incredible

3 hats             20 Perfection