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Monday, 13 September 2010

award outrage!

Todays letters in the Cairns Post include a complaint from the owner of Paddywhacks over the Post's report last week on the 2010 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. These are the  awards of the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association. Several of the awards for FNQ were taken out by the ultra-up-market Hayman Island Resort leaving some local entrants wondering why it was included in this area?

KS has some sympathy with that view as obviously Hayman provides an exceptional quality, which is not disputed, but is not really relevant to residents here? Yet, curiously it has been included in FNQ rather than North Qld which includes Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton! Perhaps a completely separate resort category would be more appropriate? KS also is cynical of the value of industry awards anyway as just an excuse for dubious marketing and lacking credibility. Nola Craig's comments on the Post link above are noted.

Anyway, the main complaint from Paddywhacks is that the Post story made no mention of who were the local winners, and didn't give the awards the recognition they deserve? So they are now posted below and can be found here. I find it a curious mix of categories, participants and winners but always great to see Bayleaf Balinese get a mention at least. I have never had a steak at Paddywhacks so wouldn't have a clue and don't feel inclined to rush there ......



2010 Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence


Winners and Finalists - Far North Queensland


Asian Restaurant
Sponsored by Coca-Cola
WINNER - Oriental, Great Barrier Reef
Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, Cairns

Breakfast Restaurant
Sponsored by APRA
WINNER - Azure, Great Barrier Reef
Cafe Fresq, Port Douglas
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Olano's Ristorante, Cairns


Café Restaurant
Sponsored by Top Cut Foods
WINNER - Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Blue Moon Grill, Trinity Beach
Cafe Fresq, Port Douglas
Coast Roast Coffee Esplanade, Cairns


Caterer at an Event
Sponsored by Top Cut Foods
HONOURABLE MENTION - Port Douglas Catering & Events, Port Douglas


Contemporary Australian Restaurant
Sponsored by ALSCO
WINNER - Zinc, Port Douglas
Bistro 3, Port Douglas
Blue Moon Grill, Trinity Beach
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Nu Nu Restaurant, Palm Cove
Salsa Bar & Grill, Port Douglas


Corporate Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef


European Restaurant
Sponsored by American Express
WINNER - La Fontaine, Great Barrier Reef
C'est Bon French Restaurant, Cairns
Nicks Swiss Italian Restaurant, Yungaburra


Event Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Ochre Restaurant & Catering, Cairns


Family Restaurant
Sponsored by Coca-Cola
WINNER - The Beach Shack Restaurant Bar & Pizza's, Port Douglas
Lure Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Mango Jam, Port Douglas


Fine Dining Restaurant
Sponsored by Vittoria Coffee
HONOURABLE MENTION - Tamarind, Cairns
Hotel Caterer
Sponsored by Bidvest
HONOURABLE MENTION - Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns


Italian Restaurant
Sponsored by Vittoria Coffee
WINNER - La Trattoria, Great Barrier Reef
Bel Cibo, Port Douglas
Bucci Ristorante, Port Douglas
Olano's Ristorante, Cairns


New Restaurant
Sponsored by HOSTPLUS
WINNER - Harrison's Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas
Beach Almond, Palm Cove
Salt House, Cairns


Restaurant in a Pub / Club / Tavern
Sponsored by Lion Nathan
HONOURABLE MENTION - Cairns Courthouse Hotel, Cairns


Seafood Restaurant
Sponsored by Witches Falls Winery
WINNER - Tha Fish, Cairns
2 Fish Restaurant, Port Douglas
Finz, Port Douglas
On The Inlet, Port Douglas


Specialty Restaurant
Sponsored by Oamps
HONOURABLE MENTION - Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, Cairns


Steak Restaurant
Sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia
WINNER - Paddywhacks, Cairns
Waterbar & Grill, Cairns


Thai Restaurant
Sponsored by Lion Nathan
HONOURABLE MENTION - Choc Dee Thai Restaurant, Palm Cove


THEMED RESTAURANT
Sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia
HONOURABLE MENTION - Nicks Swiss Italian Restaurant, Yungaburra


WEDDING CATEROR
Sponsored by Bidvest
WINNER - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas Catering & Events, Port Douglas


CATERER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Bidvest
WINNER - Hayman, Great Barrier Reef


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by HOSTPLUS
WINNER - La Fontaine, Great Barrier Reef

1 comment:

michnruss said...

The Courthouse- What a joke. On the occasion that we ate there we actually sent the food back twice, and it was still wrong (appalling especially as it they couldn't get a burger right). I actually ended up getting a refund as it was inedible (stale and burnt bun and an egg that was so overcooked it would have bounced) and my husband got ill.
We will never attempt to eat there again!

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