In selecting its top fine diners, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide again named Quay as its restaurant of the year. In Melbourne, The Age’s Guide chose Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde. The best Victorian country restaurant was Provenance in Beechworth, with its chef, Michael Ryan, winning the chef of the year award.
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. As well as identifying top fine diners in the state capital cities, the Good Food Guides select top bars, top regional restaurants and the best new restaurant of the year.
The one, two and three hat classification system has restaurants very conscious of their status, with the loss of a hat a calamity for top names.