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Australia is a foodie's paradise

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Minister for Tourism and International Education

Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment M E D I A R E L E A S E

Media Contact: Jemima Stagg 0438 387 436

27 October, 2015

Australia is a foodie’s paradise The Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence demonstrated yet again that Australia has a world-class offering for lovers of food and wine experiences.

Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, attended the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS National Awards for Excellence in Brisbane last night.

“All of the winners and finalists represent a key part of Australia’s high quality tourism offering and should be congratulated for their commitment to providing a culinary experience that attracts people from around Australia and the world,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Congratulations to Sydney’s Blond Catering for winning the Cater of the Year, and Sydney’s Quay for winning Restaurant of the Year for the second year in a row.

“The hospitality sector makes an important contribution in Australia and visitors consumed $113 billion worth of goods and services in Australia in 2013-14.

“Australia’s tourism industry employs almost 1 million people - and the café, restaurant and takeaway food service sector accounts for 67% of this employment, making it the largest single contributor to employment in Australia.

Tasmania’s hospitality industry was represented by Sandy Bay’s Me Wah Restaurant which won the Asian Restaurant category and was a finalist in the prestigious Restaurant of the Year category.

Another Tasmanian restaurant, Henry’s Restaurant at Hobart’s Henry Hones Art Hotel, was a finalist in the category for Restaurant in a Hotel/Motel/Resort.

For a full list of finalists, visit the Restaurant and Catering website