First published on 16 Jul 2013. Updated on 25 Nov 2013.
The first Time Out Melbourne Food Awards were held at Trocadero restaurant on Monday July 15 and the event went off with a bang.
“Championing the city’s best eateries is what we’re all about at Time Out so we’re really excited to hold our first awards,” says Time Out Melbourne’s Food and Drink Editor, Gemima Cody. “Not just because it allows us to recognise and say thank you to all the chefs who make Melbourne delicious, but because it allows us to say it through the medium of party.”
And a party it was. A 300-strong crowd of Time Out readers and Melbourne’s restaurant thoroughbreds poured into the Southbank venue for a raging good night filled with Trocadero’s oysters, arancini and Genovese coffee desserts, not to mention Sail and Anchor beers, The Apple Thief ciders and Nepenthe wines. The night was only briefly punctuated by one of the quickest awards ceremonies in history, which saw everyone cheering for and fist bumping the eight winners.
The crowd went wild for the crew from Shandong Mama who couldn’t stop looking chuffed at taking out the award for Best Bang for Buck, and there was just as much audible agreement that tiny chef Rosa Mitchell had earned the Legend Award. Ben Shewry, head chef of Attica, which won Restaurant of the Year, was typically relaxed and dressed to party – “I got changed in the park across the road.”
Everyone had a great night – especially those who took home lucky door prizes including cookbooks from Murdoch, theatre tickets from the Arts Centre and a six-month subscription to Time Out Melbourne. The rest went home with gift bags stuffed to the gills with Genovese coffee, cider and loaves of bread from Il Fornaio in St Kilda.
“Time Out’s mission is to help Melbourne have a good time, and we wanted the awards to be a celebration to reflect that,” says Cody. It was just that, and a great indicator of events to come.
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