The lo­cal pubs serv­ing award-win­ning grub

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE head chef of an East Vic­to­ria Park pub won her third Aus­tralian Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards for Ex­cel­lence award ear­lier this month.

Bal­moral Ho­tel head chef Wendy Miedzin­ski was named joint winner of the Head Chef award along­side Wills Do­main head chef Seth James at the awards night held at Crown.

Mrs Miedzin­ski said the cat­e­gory pool in­creased through­out the years, with 16 fi­nal­ists from restau­rants, ho­tels and pubs around WA this year.

“I’d just come back from the na­tional awards and they were say­ing that the Head Chef of the Year is the fastest grow­ing cat­e­gory as a whole,” she said.

Mrs Miedzin­ski said the Bal­moral Ho­tel worked hard to stay true to its tra­di­tional pub set­ting while of­fer­ing quirky items.

“It’s find­ing that mix between clas­sic pub roots and some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent that keeps cus­tomers in­ter­ested and the chefs in­ter­ested too,” she said.

Karalee on Pre­ston in Como re­ceived the Ca­sual Pub Din­ing award for the metropoli­tan area, shared with Cur­ram­bine Bar & Bistro.

Karalee on Pre­ston gen­eral man­ager Ash­ley Cra­nen­burg said they also kept up with emerg­ing food trends, such as slow cooked meats dur­ing win­ter.

“Peo­ple pay money to come to a restau­rant or pub be­cause they want a real food ex­pe­ri­ence and we don’t lose sight of that,” he said.

Other winners in­clude The Cam­field in Bur­swood for Out­door Area award and The Mer­ry­well in Bur­swood for WA’s Best Steak Sand­wich.

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Bal­moral Ho­tel head chef Wendy Miedzin­ski.

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