As Australia's first national food guide, celebrating over 40 years, we continue to enjoy a great talent of Chefs and restaurants to the Australian name. The year of 2018 brought with it much reflection and deliberation surrounding the changes and advancements we have witnessed in food over the decades.
Our country has set the culinary benchmark high for the 2019 Chef Hat season without hesitation, offering a year of distinguished moments for our judges, now awarded and acknowledged, so you too can share in the experience.
2019 sees 375 restaurants awarded Chef Hats around the country, down 15 from 2018.
2019 Chef Hat Winners by State:
Notable Openings/Newcomers to the Awards List this year:
In 2018 there were some notable closures:
Now it’s your chance to share your memorable moments of the past year:
Good food and exceptional food are truly subjective terms; we acknowledge that what AGFG may consider the latter, you may consider average, and just like that, the never-ending food critic debate is born. If you’d like to know more about what makes an AGFG Chef Hatted restaurant award-winning, you can find our rating criteria here.
Social media has given rise to a new kind of review diner, one that opens up the doors for anyone to tell their story to everyone. By opening up our site to your comments, the whole process becomes more democratic and open to debate. Supporters can reinforce positive assertions and contenders can argue their estimations; after all, a ‘well-thought-out’ diner comment has proven to hold just as much weight in the public perspective.
We encourage all budding food enthusiasts to vote for their favourite establishments and contribute their opinions on the establishments they visit. To do this, read about our separate, Readers’ Choice Awards, the 2019 awards, of which, will be announced later this month.