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Agrarian Eatery tops nation
And it has been awarded two chefs hats by The Good Food Guide.
The awards follow Riversdale Estate’s cellar-door eatery in the Coal River Valley being judged the nation’s Best Regional Restaurant by the Australian Hotels Association.
The Good Food Guide, announcing its first national awards, said the Willow Court establishment run by Rodney Dunn and Séverine Demanet "provided an experience comparable to anything in the city, while remaining uniquely regional.”
The guide said: “While fresh on the Tasmanian scene, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store has deeply established roots through the Derwent Valley cooking school, The Agrarian Kitchen.”
Dunn moved to Tasmania in 2007 with Ms Demanet while continuing his role as Food Editor of Gourmet Traveller magazine.
The couple set up the Agrarian Kitchen in Lachlan in 2008.
Now their restaurant, established earlier this year, becomes the first outside New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland to earn The Good Food Guide’s Regional Restaurant of the Year accolade.
Ms Demanet wrote on Facebook: “This is a true honour for Rodney and me, as we had said that we would never open a restaurant.
“But after 10 years of being in Tasmania and operating The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School & Farm, the temptation grew too much.
“The plan was to create a place to eat that allowed diners to experience the best of the seasonal food we enjoyed ourselves.
“The path to opening a restaurant is never easy and we couldn’t have opened … without the support of our amazing team.
“We feel that we have created a place that we are all very proud to be part of.
“A huge thank you to all of our staff who have become part of our Agrarian family — who work so hard each week to make this dream a reality for us all.
“A big thank you to all our diners who have supported us since we opened and to the community within our small town of New Norfolk for welcoming and supporting us from day one.”
The Good Food Guide has published awards in various States over the past 38 years, but its 2018 awards were the first to feature 500 restaurants across the nation.
Chefs hats were awarded to 270 of the restaurants.
Only six achieved the top accolade of three hats: Attica (the 2018 Restaurant of the Year), Brae; and Minamishima in Victoria; Quay and Sepia in NSW; and Urbane in Queensland.
The Agrarian Kitchen led the way for Tasmanians with its two hats.
The Good Food Guide award judges included founding editors Claude Forell in Melbourne and Leo Schofield in Sydney, along with Terry Durack, Jill Dupleix and Tasmanian-based Matthew Evans.
The panel commissioned independent, anonymous reviews from a panel of reputable restaurant critics.
They awarded two hats to Tetsuya’s, the celebrated Sydney restaurant founded and owned by Tasmania’s Brand Ambassador, Tetsuya Wakuda, AO.
Image courtesy of the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store
5 November 2017, Edition 189