SANDALFORD Wines restaurant has been recognised at the prestigious Gold Plate Awards for going above and beyond to showcase fresh, high-quality Western Australian produce.
The inaugural buy west eat best fresh produce award, announced at the Catering Institute of Australia WA’s 52nd annual Gold Plate event in Perth, acknowledged Sandalford as the venue that best features Western Australian produce on its menus.
The Swan Valley winery also won the best tourism restaurant and best modern Australian categories.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development food and trade industry development director Deborah Pett said the best fresh produce award acknowledged a local food venue that champions fresh, seasonal ingredients from across the state.
“The fresh produce award was open to all Gold Plate finalists and judged in the lead-up to the gala event, where excellence in the food service and hospitality industry throughout Western Australia was recognised,” she said.
“The buy west program partnered with Gold Plate Awards to highlight the vital role restaurants and chefs play in choosing fresh, high-quality produce and informing customers about the provenance of local ingredients in their menus.”
Other category finalists included Clarke’s of North Beach, Bistro Bellavista and C Restaurant.
Buy west expanded in 2016 to include food venues and supports local food enterprises across the supply chain, including producers, processors, retailers and restaurants, creating increased industry growth opportunities.
The Gold Plate Awards is a high-profile hospitality industry program held by The Catering Institute of Australia since 1967 to reward excellence.
The fresh produce award provides an opportunity to recognise the food service and hospitality sector, which is a critical component of Western Australia’s food industry and a growing membership base for the buy west eat best program.
Sandalford chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said they were delighted and proud to have been recognised for their mission to deliver Sandalford’s owners’ vision of consistent, world-class tourism wine experiences.
“I am immensely proud and appreciative of the tireless efforts and hard work of our entire Sandalford crew and particularly our team leaders Andrew Mann, Johnny Kyi and Jenny Hvalgaard,’’ he said.
“Together, they produce our exemplary service and remarkable menus which feature so much of our state’s superb fresh produce.”
The Gold Plates are the second award trifecta in two weeks for Sandalford Wines, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards and also won gold in three categories – tourism winery, tourism restaurant and Chinese tourism.
This week, Sandalford’s Jessie Jiang was runner up in the Australian Women in Wine Awards for best cellar door manager.