Australia's Best Restaurants According to The Age Good Food Guide 2014

2It was the night of nights for Australian restaurateurs, with The Age hosting its annual Good Food Guide Awards. Among the highlights were two major accolades for Ben Shewry and Attica, Jacques Reymond's announcement of retirement and four restaurants being awarded the prestigious three hat status.

Here's who took out the major titles of the night.

Attica, Ripponlea – Restaurant of the Year

New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry is doing remarkable things at this suburban-based restaurant, from the Maori-inspired potatoes to the caramel pukeko eggs. His love for Australia's native products also holds him in high regard, with his creative menu including items such as wallaby, paperbark and macadamia nuts.

Attica's indie-vibe is infectious and staff travel from all over the world to be a part of it, a testament to Shewry's vision and the owners hard work.

Ben Shewry was also named Citi Chef of the Year.

Healsville Hotel, Healsville – La Maison du Thé Regional Restaurant of the Year

Chef Clinton Camilleri has a clever way with food, ensuring things are kept simple yet exciting enough to make a memorable meal that sends tingles to your taste buds. The owners, Michael Kennedy and Kylie Balharrie, have worked tirelessly over the last 13 years, transforming what was once a pub into an incredible restaurant, butcher, cafe-providore and organic farm.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.