We hope you’re hungry because the nominees have been announced in for the 2017 Time Out Melbourne Food Awards.
No matter what style of food is your jam (sorry), the nine award categories have got you covered. They celebrate Melbourne’s best restaurants in the areas of fine dining, casual dining, cheap eats and cafés.
Ten restaurants – Atlas , Attica , Cutler & Co, Embla , Igni, Kisume, Minamishima, Osteria Ilaria , Ricky & Pinky and Tulum are all in contention to become 2017’s Restaurant of the Year.
Plus, five chefs have been nominated for the award for Chef of the Year. They are Atlas’s young gun Charlie Carrington, some guy, oh no wait, THE Guy Grossi, from Grossi Florentino, legend Andrew McConnell for Cutler & Co, Andreas Papadakis of Osteria Ilaria and Coskun Uysal of Tulum.
The award for Best New Restaurant has also been reinstated for 2017 and it’s out of Atlas, Camus, Long Chim, Ricky & Pinky and Wilson & Market.
“Our Food Awards aren’t following the isolationist instincts of various world leaders,” says Time Out’s chief restaurant critic, Larissa Dubecki. “In between the mod-Australian and mod-European entries we’ve covered a huge swathe, including Thai, Japanese, Turkish, North African, Chinese and one place so geographically fluid [Atlas] it changes allegiance every four months. Let’s just call it the year of multiculturalism.”
Readers can also have their say by voting in the three People’s Choice awards. Voting closes on Thursday August 31.
All the winners will be revealed at a night of food, drink and celebration at Pontoon in St Kilda on Monday September 18.
For a full list of nominees and tickets to the awards, visit the Time Out website.