Restaurants have scooped up awards in the 2023 Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence.
The annual awards gives restaurants, cafes and caterers recognition for their hard work, exceptional food and outstanding service in industry.
JAAKS Restaurant & Bar and The Kyle Bay on the Georges River has won two categories in the NSW awsrds. Jaaks won best Greek restaurant in Sydney for the second year in a row, and The Kyle Bay won best wedding caterer - under 200 guests. In the national event, JAAKS won gold and The Kyle Bay won silver.
Business owners, siblings, George Christodoulou and Diana Valsamis say the awards recognise the dedication of their hard-working team, who bring a "lifetime of experience with them."
The owners' parents also operated various successful and award-winning hospitality venues and they carry more than 45 years of industry experience.
The name JAAKS is an acronym for each of their respective children - Jordan, Alannah, Anya, Kosta and Sienna.
It's headed up by executive Chef Jason McCauley.
"A conscious decision was made after the lockdowns to create a restaurant that elevates Greek/Cypriot cuisine to a fine dining level. Each dish takes you on a culinary journey showcasing the history and culture of the Greek landscape," Restaurant Manager Harry Sarantidis said.
NSW Asian restaurant winner was Sanpo Japanese at Helensburgh. It is headed up by chef 'Nori' and originally opened in 2014 in Rosebery before relocating in April 2022.
Others were named NSW finalists, including:
- restaurant in a hotel/resort - Above 8 Rooftop Bar and Lounge - Travelodge Hotel, Hurstville
- restaurant in a pub/club - Central Cucina - Club Central, Hurstville
- wedding caterer over 200 guests - Conco D'oro Riverwood and Doltone House, Sylvania Waters.
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