The event was attended by 800 of the restaurant industry’s biggest names and catered by chefs Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi.
Italian influences reigned supreme on the night, with Adelaide’s Restaurant Orana being crowned Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year.
While the restaurant is a celebration of Australian cuisine, featuring ingredients such as finger lime, eucalyptus and green ants on its menu, it’s run by owner-chef Jock Zonfrillo, who won the Food for Good Award last year.
Born in Glasgow, the innovative chef was raised by a Scottish mother and an Italian father, who migrated from the coastal village of Scauri, in the region of Lazio, with his family as a young boy.
In an interview with Il Globo last year, Zonfrillo said his Italian heritage has played an integral role in where he is today.
“The Italian food and passion for life is very different from the Scottish one,” he said.
“I preferred the outgoing, loud family atmosphere that was on the Italian side.”
Another hero on the night was Stefano de Pieri, from Stefano’s Cantina in Mildura, who won the Vittoria Coffee Legend Award.
Born in Treviso and having migrated to Australia in 1974, de Pieri was serving up local seasonal produce before it became trendy.
With no formal training as a chef, de Pieri has gained celebrity status within the hospitality industry over the years, following the establishment of his restaurant in 1991, and the later additions of a cafe-bakery, brewery and wine label.
Meanwhile, Wine List of the Year went to Otto, a Brisbane restaurant serving up modern Italian cuisine and celebrating Italian drops, from Moscato d’Asti to Nerello Mascalese from the slopes of Sicily’s Mount Etna.
On the night, former Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Jess Miller, received the Food for Good Award for establishing the Sydney Doesn’t Suck campaign to rid the city of single-use drinking straws.
The initiative aims to put 2.3 million plastic straws out of business with the help of local venues such as the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Here’s a full list of the 2019 Good Food Awards:
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year
Adelaide, South Australia
New Restaurant of the Year
Point Leo Estate, Merricks, Victoria
Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year
Citi Chef of the Year
Quay, Sydney, New South Wales
Vittoria Coffee Legend Award
Stefano de Pieri
Stefano's Cantina, Mildura, Victoria
Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year
Iki Jime, Melbourne, Victoria
Citi Service Excellence
Kylie Javier Ashton
Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney, New South Wales
Food for Good
Sydney Doesn’t Suck
New South Wales
Bar of the Year
The Dolphin Wine Room
Sydney, New South Wales
Sommelier of the Year
Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne, Victoria
Wine List of the Year
Regional Wine List of the Year
Wickens at the Royal Mail