Award adds flavour to Salt

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A TOWNSVILLE res­tau­rant has had its culi­nary cre­den­tials bol­stered af­ter re­ceiv­ing one of the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try’s top ac­co­lades for its food and ser­vice.

A Touch of Salt on Og­den St has been awarded a cov­eted Chef’s Hat by the Queens­land Good Food Guide for 2016.

It is only the sec­ond Chef’s Hat awarded to a Townsville out­let, with A Touch of Salt restau­ra­teurs, broth­ers Mark and Michael Brine, also claim­ing the first for their pre­vi­ous es­tab­lish­ment Salt­cel­lar, which was on Palmer St.

Mark said his res­tau­rant had been well sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­nity y since itt opened in 2005 and the award was a re­flec­tion of his fam­ily and staff’s com­mit­ment to suc­ceed.

“We are ex­tremely happy be­cause there is no higher ac­co­lade than a Chef’s Hat and it re­ally is the pin­na­cle of our in­dus­try,” he said.

“For us, this is like win­ning a Miche­lin star … and the pres­sure is now on us to main­tain stan­dards, be con­sis­tent and con­tinue to in­no­vate.”

He said he hoped A Touch of Salt’s recog­ni­tion would help put Townsville on the map as a fine din­ing des­ti­na­tion to ri­val Noosa and Port Dou­glas.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

TASTY: Michael and Mark Brine from A Touch of Salt.

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