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Sydney chefs win big at the Good Food awards

Sydney chefs have taken out the top gongs at last night’s Good Food Guide awards.

Lennox Hastie has been named the Chef of the Year “for setting new standards of cooking and originality” at his Surry Hills restaurant Firedoor.

His establishment has no electricity or gas in the kitchen, with everything cooked on an open fire.

One of Hastie’s former proteges, Anna Ugarte-Carral, took out Young Chef of the Year for her work at Sydney’s Momofuku Seiobo.

Two Sydney restaurants, Quay and Sixpenny, achieved the top gong of three hats.


  • Quay – NSW
  • Sixpenny – NSW
  • Attica – Ripponlea, Victoria
  • Minamishima – Richmond, Victoria
  • Brae – Birregurra, Victoria
  • Orana – South Australia

Regional Victorian restaurant Brae took out the prestigious title of Restaurant of the Year.

The awards were attended by more than 800 restaurant industry guests including Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong and recipient of the Legend Award, Maggie Beer.

The event was a double celebration too, with 2019 marking the 40th anniversary of the Guide being published by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Maggie Beer was the well-deserved recipient of the Legend Award, and she tells Steve Price she’s proud of her achievements and is busier than ever.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a buzz in my life… you’ve got to pinch yourself, don’t you, sometimes?”

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