George Calombaris at the launch of the 2004 Good Food Guide. Click for more photos

A trip back in time: The Age Good Food Guide

George Calombaris at the launch of the 2004 Good Food Guide.

  • Award winners at The Age Good Food Guide 2004 launch.
  • Fresh faced ... a less-famous George Calombaris at the 2004 launch.
  • Shannon Bennett enjoying the night with fellow guests.
  • Before MasterChef, but still wearing his trademark cravat ... Matt Preston (centre) jokes with writer Ben Canaider (right) at the 2004 launch.
  • Last year's "legend" Alla Wolf Tasker with her husband at the 2004 Guide launch.
  • Celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong, Flower Drum founder Gilbert Lau and media personality and PR guru Annette Allison.
  • Chef, TV presenter and author Gabriel Gate chats with fellow guests at the 2004 launch.
  • Teage Ezard, centre, and friends at the 2004 launch.
  • Philippa Sibley accepts an award at the 2004 launch.
  • Bottoms up ... chefs/authors Allan Campion and Michele Curtis, and Gail and Kevin Donovan, the couple behind Melbourne stalwart Donovans.
  • Matt Wilkinson at the 2009 Age Good Food Guide launch.
  • Attica's Ben Shewry at the 2009 Age Good Food Guide launch.
  • Guillaume Brahimi at the Malthouse Theatre for the launch of the 2009 Age Good Food Guide.

For three decades the last week in August has been in the diary of every top chef and restaurateur in Victoria as they nervously celebrate the annual Age Good Food Guide awards. Tonight they’ll gather from 6.30pm to hear who has been awarded the 78 hats bestowed among over 500 restaurants reviewed for the new guide, the 34th edition.

The coveted "chef's hats" have been bestowed since the first edition, edited by Claude Forell, still one of the guide’s most trusted reviewers. The hat symbol was re-designed by the late Melbourne artist David Band in 2004, to coincide with the guide’s 25th edition. The Age Good Food Guide 2014 co-editor Roslyn Grundy says there will be some surprises among tonight's awards, and notes the new guide reveals our enduring interest in Italian cucina, the rise of the bar with great food, and Fitzroy’s continuing dominance as a hospitality hotspot.

Follow @goodfoodguide on Twitter for the results as they happen. Or keep an eye on the hashtag #goodfoodguide See the results from around 8.30pm on

The Age Good Food Guide 2014 will be available for $10 with The Saturday Age this weekend, from participating newsagents, Coles, Woolworths and 7-Eleven stores, while stocks last. It will also be on sale in bookshops and online at for $24.99 from tomorrow.