Local restaurants, hotels and cafes featured strongly in the 2017 Golden Plate Awards, decided last night.
State winner for the best licensed cafe went to the Talbot Provedore and Eatery.
The Talbot Provedore has been open for just under a year, and is located in the former draper’s store in Scandinavian Crescent.
Partners Christopher Howe and Jayne Newgreen and their chef Suthat have been passionate about seeking the best local produce for their menu, and stock only line wines and beers.
Jayne Newgreen says the team’s vision to support and promote their local producers and suppliers has been rewarded.
“We wanted to showcase those producers, and we have stayed true to our vision,” she says.
“It’s great to have dedicated staff who share that vision, who want to help every customer enjoy what we do and understand what we do.
“Our chef Suthat is fantastic; he embraces the ethos that we have fully. Christopher will say that he can go ‘nose to tail’ on a carrot – and that is what we do. Whether it’s a carrot or a lamb, we strive to use everything.”
Jayne says the embrace of the local and regional community has meant much more than simply the financial security of the business.
“People come back because they realise we truly believe in what we are doing.”
State winner for best value for money went to the new Quigley and Clarke cafe-restaurant in Clunes.
Alison Chapman of the Avoca Hotel won the state’s best front of house.
South-west regional winners included Webster’s cafe in Ballarat for best cafe and the Farmers Arms Hotel in Creswick for best hotel.