Hats Off: Good Food Guide 2011 Winners...

...what a year!

Winners are grinners and we'd like to extend our congratulations to some of the biggest names in Sydney's Culinary Community and acknowledge those new comers who have earned themselves a coveted "HAT" in the Herald's annual dining review and awards.  Check out some pictures from the awards night here.

The team at the stunning Manly Pavilion, which opened to much acclaim in March of this year, have taken out the prize for Best New Restaurant in this years Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards.  An unrivalled marriage of location, service, design and dining options saw the heritage waterfront venue draw the winning votes in a hotly contested category. Click here to watch the Herald's interview with chefs James Parry and John Barthelmess.  The video beautifully captures the uninterrupted views across the water, complimented by the striking selection of Round, Ivy and Heaven pieces from Italy's EMU collection and the attention to detail given to the unique project by Squillace Nicholas Architects.

Over in the CBD where the business lunch is king and the high-powered clientele: discerning, it is no surprise to us that the wonderful Martin Benn of Sepia took out the award for Emirates Chef of The Year.  KE-ZU had the pleasure of working with Martin, Vicki Wild and the team at SJB in furnishing the "...gentleman's-club-meets-brasserie..." atmosphere of the Sussex Street eatery with beautiful wicker and leather detailed Manila Chairs from Spain's Andreu World.

Heading down to The Rocks now, where the wildly successful Sake Restaurant and Bar, in the Argyle precinct has been awarded a SMH Chefs Hat in its first twelve months of operation - No small feat!  Luchetti Krelle crafted for the owners a space that brings toegther some of Australia's most significant historical architecture with a contemporary Japanese setting populated with Smile stools and chairs from Andreu World and timber Mikado pendant lights from LZF.  A triumph in taste and style, which obviously met with the Sydney Morning Herald's approval!

Perennial favourite, ARIA scored two hats again, we like to think the Noosa, Anna and Lucrecia chairs from Andreu World went some of the way to contributing to a faultless dining experience overlooking some of Sydney's greatest landmarks.

Congratulations to all!  Talking about all these eateries is enough to make you hungry... see you at the bar!

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