Gourmet Traveller Finalists Announced For The 2022 Restaurant Awards

Amy Chant
Pamela Connellan

Lifestyle Editor

Sep 28, 2021

Gourmet Traveller has announced the finalists in the 2022 Restaurant Awards and the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality Award goes to Amy Chanta.

As a chef and business woman, Amy Chanta was instrumental in shaping Sydney’s Thai food scene when she opened the first Chat Thai restaurant in 1989 on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst.

Gourmet Traveller’s October issue pays tribute to Amy who sadly passed away earlier this year. In tribute to Amy, the issue will showcase a selection of her signature recipes, as shared by her daughter Palisa Anderson.

Ho Jiak
Finalist for the Best New Restaurant Award is Ho Jiak in Sydney.


Speaking about the finalists, Gourmet Traveller, Joanna Hunkin said one of the most exciting parts of this year’s awards is how many new restaurants feature.

“It is testament to both the creativity and resilience of the industry that new venues have continued to open since March last year, offering new and exceptional experiences. Lockdowns may pause physical progress but, time has proven, they can spark even brighter, bolder plans.”

Here are the The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Award finalists 

The finalists for the Best New Restaurant award are:

• A’Mare, NSW
• Aru, VIC
• Aurora, SA
• Bianca, QLD
• Corella Bar & Restaurant, ACT
• Elska, QLD
• Gimlet, VIC
• Ho Jiak Town Hall, NSW
• Porcine, NSW
• Van Bone, TAS

For the Best Wine Bar:
• Monopole, NSW
• Mummucc, WA
• Public Wine Shop, VIC
• Sonny, TAS
• Snackman, QLD

Best New Talent
Cam Fairbairn from Cafe Paci is a finalist for the Restaurant Personality of the Year.

For the Best New Talent:
• Jung Eun Chae – CHAE, VIC
• Nathan Dunnell – Elska, QLD
• Rosheen Kaul – Etta Dining, VIC
• Daiki Shigeta – Fleet/Roco Ramen, NSW

For the Restaurant Personality of the Year:
• Federica Andrisani & Oskar Rossi – Fico, TAS
• Cam Fairbairn – Café Paci, NSW
• Hannah Green – Etta Dining, VIC
• Carlo Grossi – Grossi Florentino, VIC
• Nick Hildebrandt – Monopole, NSW
• Jason Lui – Flower Drum, VIC
• Tania di Nicolo – Mummucc, WA
• Sharon Romeo – Fino, SA
• Tyron Simon – Bianca, Agnes, Same Same, Honto, QLD

For the Best Destination Dining:
• Oaks Kitchen and Garden, QLD
• Hentley Farm, SA
• Millbrook, WA
• Provenance, VIC
• Underbar, VIC
• Stillwater, TAS

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Due to ongoing restrictions, The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Award winners will be announced via a virtual announcement on October 24.

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By Pamela Connellan

Lifestyle Editor

Pamela Connellan is a journalist specialising in lifestyle, trends, sustainability, tech products, movies and streaming.


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