Jacques Reymond and the Good Food Guide 2014

Tayla Gentle / August 27, 2013 05:07 PM

The Age Good Food Guide awards have rolled around again and this year we saw deserved hat-ings, surprise retirements and many a Who’s Who entrant claim a prize.

Possibly the biggest news of the night came out of Prahran, with veteran French restaurateur and Who’s Who in Australia personality Jacques Reymond announcing his retirement.

Jacques Reymond

    Credit: Australian Traveller

The 60-year-old chef chose to deliver the news at Monday night’s awards ceremony so he could honour friends, family and colleagues while gathered together.

“It’s an emotional time for me and my wife,” he said, “it is 30 years of our life.”

One of Australia’s most revered chefs, Reymond has championed the Melbourne fine-dining scene with his eponymous three-hat restaurant, taking out the guide’s highest accolade 17 out of the past 24 years.

However, he remains calm and collected at the thought of handing over the spatula to sous chefs Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland.

“They will continue the tradition and give emotion to the customers,” he said.

“They are young. They will bring a lot of energy and youth because it will be their own.”

The duo will take over the kitchen early next year and rename the mansion-style restaurant Woodland House, an ode to each of their surnames.

In other Who’s Who dining news Attica chef, Ben Shewry, won Chef of the Year and the internationally recognized restaurant donned three hats.

Rinaldo Di Stasio took out the Vittoria Coffee Legend Award for his outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry, Shannon Bennet’s Vue De Monde was awarded three hats and Stephanie Alexander was the deserving recipient of the Innovation Award for her Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Sources: The Age, Epicure, Herald Sun

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