Greek-owned restaurants have stood out at the 2022 National Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence that took place on Monday, 28 November in Brisbane.

The Awards for Excellence program provides deserved recognition to those restaurants, caterers and their staff that excel in their field on a national level. The event takes place on a yearly basis and includes an independent judging system with over 280 judges.

Greek-owned One Penny Red in Sydney’s Summer Hill has taken away gold in the ‘Contemporary Australian Restaurant’ category.

In a Facebook post following the announcement, the restaurant’s management wrote: “Thrilled to received awards for both One Penny Red and Vernon’s Bar. To our wonderful customers of nearly 10 years, we thank you!”

Estia Henley Beach in South Australia. Photo: Facebook

In the ‘Greek Restaurant’ category, Estia Henley Beach in South Australia won gold award, with Sydney Jaaks Restaurant and Bar getting second place with a silver medal. Victoria’s Mavs Greek Restaurant took out bronze.

The much loved Kalymnos Pastries in South Australia came second in the national ‘Patisseries/bakery/dessert bar’ category going away with the silver award.

“Being ranked number two by the powers of our industry is incredible and we are blessed,”owner George Diakomichalis said on Instagram.

Finally, in the national ‘Seafood Restaurant’ category, another Greek, Con Dedes with his Flying Fish in Pyrmont won the bronze award. Flying Fish elevates the finest seafood from Australia and New Zealand under the steady hand of Peter Robertson, one of Sydney’s most acclaimed young chefs.