The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Australia

GaganThe highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Restaurants arrived in Australia on Saturday, 1 April. Over 90 chefs and restaurant representatives, as well as over 70 international media and the 26 Academy Chairs, visited Australia for the week-long official event program, hosted by Tourism Australia and state partner, Visit Victoria.

Tourism Australia has worked closely with event organisers William Reed Business Media on the official event program which ran from 1-8 April. These events showcased Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, media and food lovers.

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, said: “Australia is proud to be hosting the world’s best chefs for this significant event. Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign continues to bring Australia’s unique culinary experiences to centre stage in our destination marketing. The record visitor numbers we are seeing lately is proof of its success.

“Food and wine spend has increased by 29 per cent since the campaign launched and 60 per cent of visitors rank Australia as one of the top destinations in the world for a gourmet holiday,” he said.

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said: “Hosting these prestigious awards in Melbourne, together with the Australia-wide program of events that we’ve put together around them, is the next exciting chapter in our ongoing Restaurant Australia story.

“We know from our research that Australia’s association with great food and wine rises significantly amongst international travellers after they’ve visited and sampled the delights that our country has to offer.

“The World’s 50 Best Restaurants provides the perfect platform for Australia’s talented chefs, restaurateurs, producers, and winemakers to demonstrate their culinary credentials and ensure this impressive gathering of influential food and wine figures leave our country as lifelong advocates,” he said.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants said: “It is incredibly exciting to be hosting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Australia this year, undoubtedly one of the world’s great food destinations. We have worked closely with Tourism Australia to highlight the country’s unique produce, brilliant wines and dynamic dining scene across key events as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.”

In a world-first, the public watched the awards ceremony unfold on the big screen at a picnic-themed Federation Square in Melbourne. The countdown event will include food talks, music, and comedy and food trucks.

The awards program will also extend nationally as Tourism Australia has partnered with the State and Territory Tourism Organisations and tourism industry to offer 100 of the visiting chefs and media the opportunity to take part in a country-wide tour, taking in some of Australia’s best food and wine experiences.

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