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Time Out Food Awards Sydney 2015

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The 2015 Time Out Sydney Food Awards Ceremony was held at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room on Monday 24 August 2015.

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Food Awards 2015 at The Morrison


The Time Out Food Awards are an industry-recognised celebration of talent, voted by independent editors and reviewers. This is a trusted guide to find out the hottest, the coolest dining places in 2015.

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Let the party begin!


I was excited to attend this event because an esteemed food-industry party, like this one, was sure to be filled with decent food, quality drinks and merry entertainment. The celebration party was extremely fun with more than 350 food-loving Sydneysiders attended this event.

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Champagne Tower - Enjoy your drink!


The evening kicked off with a great start when we were greeted with an impressive champagne tower at the bar.

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Appletiser Botanical Cocktail


My first drink for the evening was the luxe Appletiser Botanical Cocktail and it set the right tone for the evening. The cocktail was infused with refreshing combination of gin, Appletiser, elderflower and a wedge of lime. I liked the cocktail so much, I didn't even get to try the Tyrrell's Wines and Yenda beers on offer.

The Awards Ceremony's finger food was supplied by The Morrison. They all looked delicate and gourmet, however the kitchen was not quick enough to feed all the happy, but hungry party attendees.

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Healthy Veggie Sticks Anyone?


We started the evening with some healthy veggie sticks with eggplant and Tzatziki dips. It was a stormy cold evening, so these low carb, healthy entree snacks did not generate much interest.

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The Morrison's Fresh Oysters!!!


Next came the The Morrison's famous fresh oysters. There were aplenty in supply and the staff kept them coming. The oysters were juicy and very fresh; I believe everyone had at least half a dozen of these good oysters.

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I love these Crab & Lettuce Tacos


My favourite finger food for the evening was the crab and lettuce tacos. The taco was cleverly served on a cos lettuce leaf with ample crab fillings. It was elegantly garnished with salmon caviar, fresh herbs, chilli, mayonnaise and light olive vinegar dressing. The taste was very refreshing with an unexpected chill kick afterwards.

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Fried Chicken Lollipops with sticky dipping sauce


After the cold entrees, the first hot food was the chicken lollipops with spicy sticky dipping sauce. These fried chicken morsels were exactly what everyone wanted after a few drinks. The bite-size chicken snack was tender soft and very addictive. The only annoyance with eating with your hands was the sticky sauce dripped everywhere.

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Lamb Chops with Green Sauce


After a long wait, the Lamb Chops with Green Sauce finally made its appearance. Clearly, these succulent lamb chops were the crowds' collectively favourite. They were all perfectly grilled and the green herb pesto dressing enhanced the flavour of the lamb.

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Oyster Po Boys


I've kept my eyes out for the Oyster Po Boys. It was another popular party dish. The moment they were out of the kitchen, everyone was keen to get their hands on one of these. The fried oyster was lightly battered and tasted quite nice with a spiced mayonnaise and lettuce.

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Drink Refills Before the Big Award Announcements


After everyone was fed and with another drink in hand, comedian Andrew McClelland MC'd the presentation ceremony and it was the time to announce the winners in each award category:

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ACME's Analiese Gregory


Restaurant of the Year Award: The top honour of this evening.

Winner: ACME, Rushcutters Bay

Best Fine Dining Restaurant Award: For the most exciting meal to impress in Sydney.

Winner: Sepia Sydney
Runner Up: Quay

Best New Restaurant Award: The outstanding new opening in Sydney in 2015.

Winner: Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Runner Up: Firedoor, Surry Hills.


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Chef of the Year - Kylie Kwong


Chef of the Year Award: Taking Sydney to new culinary heights.

Winner: Kylie Kwong from Billy kwong
Runner Up: Mitch Orr from ACME

Best Casual Dining Restaurant Award: Proving that great eating doesn't have to break the bank.

Winner: LP's Quality Meats

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Runner Up - The Bach Eatery - Chef Darrien Potaka


Runner Up: The Bach Eatery

Best Cafe Award: applauding the places we frequent in the day time for caffeine and bites.

Winner: Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst
Runner Up: Showbox Coffee Brewers, Manly

Best Bang for Buck Award: For the best, tastiest cheap eats in town.

Winner: The Pizza Box, Alexandria
Runner Up: Five Point Burgers, North Sydney

Best Food Truck Award: Celebrating the best kitchen trawling Sydney city streets.

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Best Food Truck Team - Yang's Malaysian Food Truck


Winner: Yang's Malaysian Food Truck
Runner Up: Happy As Larry

People's Choice Award: Sydney's favorite restaurant voted by the public.

Winner: Nel, Sydney

The Legend Award: Paying tribute to an inspiring figure on the Sydney's food scene.

Winner: Sam Christie from The Apollo, Cho Cho San, Longgrain and Subcontinental.

The Hot Talent Award: Recognizing the future star everyone should be watching.

Winner Analiese Gregory from ACME for her on-the-edge, free-styling approach to food.

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Flying Fish's Corey Reid


Runner Up: Corey Reid from Flying Fish

ACME is the biggest winner for 2015, taking home the coveted Restaurant of the Year award, the Hot New Talent Award and the Runner Up Best Chef Award.

The Timeout Food Awards Ceremony is an incredibly fun night out and it is an opportunity for the restaurant industry to rub shoulders with the people who love their food. Tickets to the awards night are available to the general public as well as industry alike. See you all in 2016!

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Food for your thought


So, Sydney readers, I hope these Sydney eateries, casual dining suggestions or food trucks may be of some use for your upcoming weekend brunch, social lunch or celebration dinner.
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