The nominees have been announced in nine categories for the fourth annual Time Out Melbourne Food Awards.
Restaurants are awarded in the categories of fine dining, casual dining, cheap eats, cafés and (for the first time in 2016) food trucks and best drinks service, to reflect changing restaurant trends in Melbourne.
“In 2016 the lines between bar and restaurant have blurred like never before,” says Larissa Dubecki, Time Out’s chief Restaurant Critic. “That’s reflected in the number of restaurants up for major awards that also consider themselves bars, but also in the amplified drinks service many restaurants now offer to diners.”
Dubecki says that Melbourne this year has also seen a rise in clever ‘elemental’ cooking. “In quite a few of the really exciting new places we’re seeing a back to basics approach of cooking with fire, balanced out with really astute produce driven dishes.”
Readers also have the chance to vote for a number of People’s Choice awards.
All the winners will be revealed at a night of food, drink and celebration at new Melbourne eatery The Cut Steakhouse in Alfred Place on Monday 19 September 19.
Nominees for Restaurant of the Year: Attica, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Embla, Estelle by Scott Pickett, French Saloon, Igni, Lee Ho Fook, Marion Wine Bar, Oakridge and Oter.
Nominees for Chef of the Year. They are French Saloon’s Ian Curley, Oter’s Florent Gerardin, Andrew McConnell for Marion Wine Bar, Igni’s Aaron Turner and Embla’s Dave Verheul.
For a full list of nominees or tickets to the event, visit Time Out’s website.