The World’s 50 Best
The stunning historic Royal Exhibition Building was the setting for the red carpet event. This was only the second time the Oscars of the food world have been held outside London and it was a great coup for Melbourne to be in charge of the party.
We were there to acknowledge the world's best chefs, restaurateurs and their teams. It's a community of creative, skilled and incredibly hard-working people who also know how to have a good time, and it was a very special evening to be a part of.
Top spot on the list went to New York's Eleven Madison Park, while two Australian restaurants also made the Top 50, with Ben Shewry's Melbourne-based Attica named 32nd and Dan Hunter's Brae in Birregurra (about 130km southwest of Melbourne) placing 44th.
The Australian chefs spoke about what being named on the list means for them, and the impact that such recognition can have on the food scene in the surrounding area and indeed, the country.
It was a glamorous, exciting and upbeat evening, with around 1,000 guests present. Well-known Aussie chef Neil Perry (Rockpool) was in charge of the food, serving canapés including paroo kangaroo and native pepper dumplings; spicy Kinkawooka mussel and saffron soup; and the very popular fried Burrawang chicken wings with chilli butter
Naturally, there was also plenty to drink, from the All Australian Negroni to cold-brew-based cocktails, plenty of Estrella Damm beer and lots of great wine. Oh, and there was water!
It was a wonderfully inspirational and fun evening, with the celebrations winding up as midnight struck (though then came the after parties...).
NZ Food Writers member Celia Hay was also there for the event – read about her experience here. http://foodandwine.co.nz/about-us/news/worlds-50-best/