Chefs let their hair down
Best of the best: Ben Shewry and Jacques Reymond were recognised for their contribution to Melbourne's dining scene. Photo: Eddie Jim
More than 600 restaurants were reviewed for the The Age Good Food Guide 2014.
Over a seven month period, a team of 64 reviewers travelled the state, making as many as four visits to assess some places. This year, more than 120 venues made it into the book for the first time.
As certain as death and taxes, there will be chefs and restaurateurs who are either delighted or disappointed with The Age Good Food Guide 2014 gongs. So who were the winners and losers at last night's awards ceremony?
Let's start with the good news.
Flower Drum (two hats to three), Grossi Florentino and Spice Temple (one to two), Rosetta (debuts with two). Centonove, Da Noi, Epocha, Grossi Florentino Grill, Hare & Grace, Healesville Hotel, Huxtable, Kazuki's, Merricote, Oscar W's, Paringa Estate, Pure South, Saint Crispin, Simone's, Taxi DiningRoom, the Terrace Restaurant and Tonka all go from zero to one.
Stokehouse and Tea Rooms of Yarck (two hats to one), and Gills Diner, the Italian Restaurant and Bar, the Long Table, Mercer's, Paladarr, River Grill, Shoya, Steer Bar & Grill, and Town Hall Hotel (one to none).
**The co-editors of this year's The Age Good Food Guide Janne Apelgren and Roslyn Grundy will be online from 12.30pm to 1.30pm to answer your questions. Use the comment function below to ask them something about this year's awards, hats and Victoria's dining scene in general.**