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Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards 2014


The Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards are one of the most prestigious and meaningful awards events on the culinary calendar. With major sponsors and culinary heavyweights lending a hand to see Australian young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs propelled in their careers, The World Loves Melbourne was thrilled to be invited for the second year in a row to Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards.


The Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2014 winners were announced at a gala celebration held at Stokehouse City. Established in 2005, the awards attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year to celebrate young talent, and the future of the industry.

The 2014 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence winners are: 

Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2014
Winner: George Tomlin, 23, The Town Mouse (Victoria)
Runner Up: Jake Kellie, 23, The Commoner (Victoria)
Highly Commended: Hanz Gueco, 25, Cafe Paci (New South Wales)

Electrolux Australian Young Waiter 2014
Winner: Gerald Ryan, 25, Brae (Victoria)
Runner Up: Brooke Adey, 24, Chianti Classico (South Australia)
Highly Commended: Shanteh Wong, 29, Quay (New South Wales)
Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2014

Winner:  Troy Rhoades-Brown, 29, Muse Restaurant (New South Wales)

The winners receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience to expand their food and wine skills, learn from some of the world’s best chefs and be inspired by their international travels.


The legendary Luke Mangan, one of the culinary heavyweights supporting the event...

The Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2014 prize package offers:
• Certificate and trophy
• San Pellegrino offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle and network with chefs, industry greats and other young budding hospitality stars with an all expenses paid trip to attend either the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants event sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna held in Singapore 
• Return international flights courtesy of Virgin Australian to attend Asia's 50 Best Restaurants
• $8,000 cash to be invested in their business under the guidance of the panel
• Electrolux will provide the establishment of the winner with a selection of premium domestic kitchen appliances of their choice to the value of $5,000 RRP
• Publicity and exposure for the Young Restaurateur's establishment, with national media distribution and visibility


Naming Rights:  Electrolux

Principal Partners:  Sanpellegrino and Acqua Panna

Official Airline Partner:  Virgin Australia

Supporting Partners:  Fisheries Research and Development Corporation; Legendairy; Porkstar and Rare Medium

Distinguished Partners: Henschke and Vic's Meat

Event Partners: Joto; Murdoch Produce; PAROO and Scarborough

Media Partner:  foodService News


The Canapes at Stokehouse City were top notch... (As were the wines, including a Henschke white I was enamoured with).

The Awards, recognised as one of the industry’s most prestigious, were presented by some of the nation’s culinary elite including Appetite for Excellence judges David Thompson, Simon Denton and Luke Mangan. Aiming to inspire and encourage the future heavyweights of the hospitality industry, the Awards aim to retain culinary talent in Australia, despite the allure of overseas fine dining and Michelin stars.  


The iconic Guy Grossi was also at Stokehouse City as a supporter of Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards.


Check out the nervous but excited nominees, the cream of Australian young culinary talent,  waiting to hear the awards announced...


Even Sir Richard Branson had some inspirational words for all, with Virgin being a sponsor.


The night was not lacking in charisma with food identity Cam Smith as MC from @EatItRRR.


As well as Electrolux outlining their support and sponsorship - they do a marvellous job in fueling the industry. Electrolux carry some sophistication in the culinary world with their appliances and events, and are more than what some people think - not just vacuums and dishwashers.


A favourite of the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards is Sonia Bandera the Sommelier, last years' winner as Young Waiter. She told us of her travels in Singapore and Europe and the amazing year she's enjoyed since winning the awards.


Simon Denton looking particularly cool (where can I get a tux like that?) also announcing awards...


Jacob Davey, winner of Young Chef 2013, spoke of his cooking travels in Italy and participating in the San Pellegrino cook off.


The World Loves Melbourne was excited to see George Tomlin from Town Mouse get the Young Chef award (Town Mouse is a personal favourite).

First time judge David Thompson paid tribute to the next generation of culinary stars that made up this year’s Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards national finalists as the Electrolux Australian Young Chef, Waiter and Restaurateur of 2014 were announced.


Another crowd favourite is James Viles from Biota, a winner last year and one of Australia's finest chefs, speaking about his stunning year...


Check Troy Rhoades-Brown from Muse collecting his award for Young Restaurateur.


Luke Mangan mixing it...


Another great occasion for Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards 2014, with Stokehouse City proving to be a perfect location. Well done to the sponsors! Thanks for the VicMeats steak on departure! Well done to Shannon Blanchard and the team! Congrats to all the winners and all the nominees!