Zinc takes plate for top nosh

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

THE BEST restau­rant in the Far North is right in the heart of Port Dou­glas.

ZINC Restau­rant and Lounge Bar won two pres­ti­gious awards in­clud­ing Best Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian Restau­rant and Restau­rant of the Year at this year’s Savour Aus­tralia Restau­rant and Cater­ing awards night.

Zinc Restau­rant owner Marco Piat was thrilled to ac­cept both awards and said it was a re­flec­tion of his hard work­ing and ded­i­cated staff.

“Last year we won the Best Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian Restau­rant award so it was very ex­cit­ing to win one of the ma­jor awards this year when we were up against restau­rants such as Salsa Bar and Grill,” Mr Piat said.

“These awards are a re­flec­tion of our hard work­ing and ded­i­cated staff, in­clud­ing our head chef Ha­gen Wit­tner and man­ager Terry Collins, who make sure our cus­tomers have a great Zinc ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Many other Port Dou­glas restau­rants and cater­ing com­pa­nies took home awards on the night from a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories.

Salsa Bar and Grill were awarded Caterer of the Year in the Far North, a ma­jor award, and re­ceived the Hon­ourable Men­tion award for restau­rant caterer.

Salsa Bar and Grill own­ers Rhys Baw­den and Bill Conway would like to thank their cus­tomers for their sup­port.

“Port Dou­glas has done very well this year, which just proves that we have a great food cul­ture even though we are a very small re­gion,” Mr Baw­den said.

Best Café Restau­rant in the Far North was awarded to Lure Restau­rant and the best Fam­ily Restau­rant was awarded to The Beach Shack Restau­rant and Bar. Bucci won best Ital­ian Restau­rant with an hon­ourable men­tion and the wed­ding caterer of the year was awarded to Port Dou­glas Cater­ing and Events.

Fi­nal­ists on the night in­clude Hi Tide Café, 2 Fish Restau­rant, Finz Port Dou­glas, Har­risons Restau­rant and On the In­let.

Win­ners are grin­ners: Aradhna Crabb, Ha­gen Wit­tner, Marco Piat, Valen­tine Mel­liger and Terry Collins

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