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Here’s who won at the Time Out Sydney Food Awards for 2016

Written by
Freya Herring

Another year, another Time Out Food Awards, and what a bloody brilliant one it's been for restaurants in this town. We’ve seen food that seeks to challenge and educate us as much as please our palates. We’ve seen venues that sit somewhere between bars and restaurants, because the drinks are as good as the food. Everything is natural – from the wine list to the sauerkraut. And an extension of this is that health food has come into its own. Finally, Sydney chefs have proven that healthy food can taste as delicious as the bad stuff, and can deliver something positive to your body while its at it. Now that’s skill.

This year we created some new award categories, including a one-off award for Sydney’s Best Sweet Treat, which celebrates Sydney’s incredible, ever-evolving pâtisserie and gelato scene. We also awarded a commendation for Drinks Service, which is all about those venues that are seriously excelling on the bevvy front. And – because we trust the public's judgement – we’ve got three new People’s Choice awards, sponsored by Mastercard: Best Takeaway Coffee, Best Takeaway Lunch Spot and Best Late-Night Snack Vendor.

We had a big party at Est to celebrate (here's the deats on that).

Here are all the winners from the biggest food night of the calendar, but for all the in-depth info, you're gonna wanna see this.

Restaurant of the Year: Hubert

Chef of the Year: Clayton Wells of Automata

Hot Talent Award: Troy Crisante of Bennelong

Best Cheap Eat: Trunk Road

Best Casual Dining Restaurant: Hubert

Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Momofuku Seiobo

Best Sweet Treat award: Black Star Pastry

Best Café: Ora 

People’s Choice Award: Best Restaurant (sponsored by OpenTable): Nel

People’s Choice: Best Takeaway Lunch, sponsored by Mastercard: About Life

People’s Choice: Best Takeaway Coffee, sponsored by Mastercard: Single O

People’s Choice: Best Late-night Snack Vendor, sponsored by Mastercard: Frankie's Pizza by the Slice

Drinks Service Award: Continental Deli Bar Bistro

The Time Out Legend Award: Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt of YellowBentley and Monopole 

And, here's who was nominated:

Restaurant of the Year

Momofuku Seiobo

Chef of the Year

Paul Carmichael, Momofuku Seiobo
Analiese Gregory, Bar Brosé
Mat Lindsay, Ester
Daniel Pepperell, Hubert
Clayton Wells, Automata

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Momofuku Seiobo
Oscillate Wildly

Best Casual Dining Restaurant

Bar Brosé

Best Cheap Eat

Banana Blossom
BL Burgers
Juicy Lucy
Thirsty Bird
Trunk Road

Hot Talent Award

Troy Crisante, Bennelong
Lillia McCabe, ACME
Cian Mulholland, Momofuku Seibo
Joeri Timmermans, Automata
Aaron Ward, Sixpenny

Drinks Service Award

Bar Brosé
Dead Ringer
10 William Street

Best Café

Kansas City Shuffle
Meet Gerard
Rising Sun Workshop

Best Sweet Treat

Berkelo's caramel choux
Black Star Pastry's strawberry watermelon cake
Bourke Street Bakery's ginger brûlée tart
Ciccone and Son's buttermilk and passionfruit gelato
Doux Amour's rose and lychee 'pig' cookie puff
Flour and Stone's panna cotta lamington
Lorraine's Patisserie's cheesecake
Mrs Jones the Baker's flourless chocolate cake
Pasticceria Papa's baked ricotta cake
Sweet Belem's Portuguese custard tart


Time Out Food Awards 2016

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