Jack Rabbit wins Best Tourism Restaurant Award - Vic & TAS

At the 2015 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence

Media release

July 22nd, 2015


Bellarine's Jack Rabbit Vineyard has won the Best Tourism Restaurant category in the Victoria & Tasmania Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence 2015.

Business owner and Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) member Lyndsay Sharp said the win was a tremendous honour for the entire Jack Rabbit team.

"We are all so proud of what we do here, always striving to provide the best possible customer experience and everyone is delighted to receive this award. It is very gratifying that the team's hard work, dedication and love of hospitality is recognised like this," Mrs Sharp said.

"In particular, huge cheers to our talented culinary team spearheaded by Executive Chef David Hall, Head Chef Paul Andrews and House of Jack Rabbit Chef David Hutchinson as well as our outstanding Floor team led by Senior Restaurant Manager Daryl Day and Floor Managers Briony O'Connor, Martijn van Leent and Rebecca Knight," she said.

"From a tourism perspective, it is exciting to think we are contributing to showcasing this brilliant region which has such an amazing array of tourist experiences – epicurean, wineries, activities, events, local produce, beaches to name a few."

"Over the last two years in particular, there has been a tangible increase in tourist visitation to the region, not only from intra- and interstate, but a lot of internationals as well – it's great that more and more people are discovering (or returning!) to this great region of ours."

More than 170 local restaurants, cafes and catering businesses were judged across 35 categories, with the winners announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony held at Peninsula, Docklands.

The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognised, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across Australia. The Awards for Excellence is an authoritative guide to Australia's best restaurants and caterers, recognising and promoting industry best practice.

The Awards for Excellence, now in its 17th year, is judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.

R&CA CEO John Hart said "The winners should be proud of their achievements. The culinary experiences in Victoria and Tasmania are world-class. The winners tonight make a significant contribution to the industry and our reputation as a destination for great food.

"The winners have been rigorously reviewed in one of the most objective awards systems, which looks at the entire dining experience, rather than a single food or service dimension," Mr Hart said.

Jack Rabbit Vineyard will now compete with other region finalists at the National Savour AustraliaTM Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday 26th October 2015.

R&CA represents thousands of restaurant and catering businesses operating across Australia.

About 1,500 members are reviewed in the Awards for Excellence each year, which is not only a great promotional and accreditation program for businesses, but also assists consumers in identifying some stand out establishments.


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