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The Collins wins Adelaide's best small bar

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The Hilton Hotel’s renovations have paid off with The Collins Bar winning best small bar over Leigh Street’s udaberri at the Restaurant & Catering SA Awards last night.

There were just two nominations in the new award which was sponsored by Lion and was celebrated by the bar on its Twitter account: “Woooohooooo first award nomination and we WON!!! Small bar of the year award.”

Windy Point Restaurant was named restaurant of the year at the industry awards function which was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Restaurant & Catering SA’s Chief Executive Officer Sally Neville said the winners should be congratulated for their professionalism and hard work, servicing locals as well as interstate and overseas visitors.

“It’s great to see many of our awards going to venues in the regions demonstrating the high quality of our premium food and wine experiences,” she said.

Last year’s Electrolux Australian Young Chef winner, Franklin Street’s Public chef Stewart Wesson took out best chef over 12 others including Assaggio’s Camillo Crugnale and Eric Duval from Vino Ristorante.

Wesson’s win followed the launch of his new menu last Friday night which includes Coffin Bay oysters with lemon zest.

Wesson said his philosophy was to create a relaxed environment with food people could share and enjoy.

The Individual Hall Of Fame Award was presented to Ingo Schwarze who was integral in establishing the world class patisserie course at TAFE SA Regency Campus.

The prestigious Lifetime Achiever Award was presented to George Belperio, an Italian industry stalwart in SA and one of the original owners of the Fasta Pasta Group.

Best breakfast went to Chianti Classico, while the popular choice went to Rigoni’s Bistro.

Argo on the Parade won best coffee/tea house against it’s city sister Argo on the Square, Coffee Branch, Saffron Sky, Signature and eight different Cibo Espresso shops.

Full list of 2013 winners here:

Restaurant Of The Year Windy Point Restaurant, Belair

Popular Choice Rigoni’s Bistro, Adelaide

Best Bakery/Patisserie Kalymnos Pastries, Torrensville

Best Small Bar Collins Bar, Hilton Adelaide

Hall Of Fame – Individual Ingo Schwarze, School of Patisserie, TAFE SA

Best Chef Stewart Wesson – Public CBD, Adelaide

Best Apprentice Cook Matthew Fitton – Sebel Playford Adelaide

Best Employee Tyson Avery – The White House Adelaide Hills

Best Employer Windy Point Restaurant & Café, Belair

Best Maitre D’ George Papatolis – Beyond India, North Adelaide

Best Breakfast Chianti Classico, Adelaide

Best Asian GIWA Modern Korean Restaurant, Hyde Park

Best Cafe Assaggio Cafe, Campbelltown

Best Chinese From Orient, Adelaide

Best Coffee/Tea House Argo on the Parade, Norwood

Best Contemporary Australian Windy Point Restaurant, Belair

Best European Georges on Waymouth, Adelaide

Best Family T.G.I. Friday’s, Oaklands Park

Best Greek Estia, Henley Beach

Best Indian Jasmin Indian Restaurant, Adelaide

Best Informal The River Café, North Adelaide

Best Italian Assaggio Ristorante, Hyde Park

Best Japanese Yakitori Takumi, North Adelaide

Best New Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield

Best Pizza Jimmies Restaurant, Crafers

Best Regional Pipers of Penola, Penola

Best Restaurant in a Hotel/Motel/Resort The Sebel Playford, Adelaide

Best Restaurant in a Pub/Club/Tavern The Queen’s Head, North Adelaide

Best Restaurant in a Winery The Kitchen Door @ Penny’s Hill Winery, McLaren Vale

Best Seafood Sails at Robe, Robe

Best Speciality Fig22, Gawler

Best Steak The Barn Steakhouse, Mount Gambier

Best Thai Silk & Spice, Torrensville

Tourism Windy Point Restaurant, Belair

Caterer Of The Year Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide

Best Function/Convention National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Best Industrial/Institutional Caterer Scolarest – Flinders Housing, Bedford Park

Best Site/Contract Caterer Eurest – Hewlett Packard, Lockelys

Best Small Caterer Owen Andrews Catering, Seppeltsfield

Best Venue Caterer Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide

Best Wedding Caterer National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Best Wine List Apothecary 1878, Adelaide

Best Sommelier Duncan Vent – Chianti Classico, Adelaide

Best Service Provider Business SA Apprenticeship Centre, Unley

Safety Award National Wine Centre, Adelaide

Professional Development Quality Catering @ Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide

Best Product Supplier Empire Liquor, Edwardstown

Best Media Coverage Kylie Fleming – Messenger Newspapers

Best Trainee Kostas Nicoloulias, Hilton Adelaide

Hall of Fame Ingo Schwarze

Lifetime Achievers George Belperio, Fasta Past Group

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