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QLD Good Food Guide Awards 2012

April 23, 2012

QLD Good Food Guide Awards 2012
On Monday 30th April, Food Strategy will have the honour of attending the Queensland Good Food Guide Awards 2012. After a turbulent 2 years, the restaurant and catering industry is poised to strike back. 
Backed by the integrity of nationally acclaimed Good Food Guides for New South Wales and Victoria, Queensland is upping the ante to stake its claim as 'the guide' for foodies.
The Good Food Guide, which has been published in New South Wales and Victoria with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers since the early 1980s, is known worldwide for its Chef's Hats rating system, with ''hatted'' restaurants recognised as among the country's best.

Chris (Food Strategy) will be tweeting regular live updates from the event plus intermittent Facebook postings. You can follow by joining here at Twitter & Facebook.
Chief Editor of the Good Food Guide and famous foodie Natascha Mirosch (and many others) will also be tweeting from the event. Natascha is an acclaimed food writer and hails from a talented family devoted to food. Past interviews include Ferran Adria, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal. Follow at @NataschaMirosch. Hashtag for the event is #QLDGFG. Tweets have already begun.

Below extracted from Brisbane Times:
The definitive authority on Australian restaurants, the Good Food Guide, will be published in Queensland for the first time, Fairfax Media announced today.
While brisbanetimes.com.au has previously released an online version of the Good Food Guide twice before, 2012 will be the first year a full guide is published in book form. The guide will also be online and as an iPhone app.
Respected food writer Natascha Mirosch, formerly of Brisbane News and The Courier-Mail, will edit the 2012 brisbanetimes.com.au Good Food Guide, heading a team of local reviewers.
Ms Mirosch said the timing for the launch of the guide in 2012 was perfect for Brisbane.
''Brisbane is an exciting place to be as it's finally begun to settle into its own particular style with confidence instead of trying to emulate Sydney or Melbourne,'' she said.
Reviewers would be looking for the ''whole package'': restaurants that had a great ambience, service and food that was original and well-executed, she said.
''It’s easy to slavishly copy what’s coming out of other cities or overseas, but coming up with something different and doing it really well is what we’re looking for when considering awards and hats."
Like its southern counterparts, the Queensland guide will also include sections on cafes, cheap eats and ''five of the best'' lists.
''Then there are specific awards designed to highlight people in the hospitality industry such as sommeliers and young chefs and wait staff who show exceptional dedication and talent,'' Ms Mirosch said.
As for the famed Chef Hats rating system, Ms Mirosch said they were awarded to restaurants who rated a score of 15 out of 20 or higher. Restaurants rated lower than 12 won't be included in the guide.
''One Chef Hat is awarded for places deemed to be ‘very good’ while we are looking for restaurants who are capable of greatness or are pretty special to be awarded two hats.
''Three hatted restaurants are considered exceptional in every way, from the food to the service. They’re pretty rare. Who knows if we might find one or two among Brisbane’s restaurants, but to be realistic, it’s a pretty high bar.
''Those places that may have been resting on their laurels or have taken their eye off the ball should consider this notice — there’s no credit for past achievements, we intend to cast a fresh eye over the state’s restaurants and cafes and judge accordingly.''
She said the fact that Queensland was currently without a definitive guide to dining out would make the guide an essential item for Queenslanders.
''The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Good Food and Wine Guides have about both been around for close to three decades,'' she said.
''That longevity is directly down to their reputation as being the most well-researched, impartial and respected guides around. Just to be in one of them is the goal of many restaurants.''

The brisbanetimes.com.au Queensland Good Food Guide 2012 will be released on May 1, 2012 and will retail for $24.95. Visit www.goodguides.com.au for more information.
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