Australia’s Top Young Chef, Waiter And Restaurateur Announced – With A South Australian In The Mix

Africola’s very own Nikki Friedli has been ‘Highly Commended’ by judges at the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards 2015…

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The Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2015 winners were announced tonight in Sydney at a gala celebration held at Salt Meats Cheese. 2015 marks ten years of the program, which continues to attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year to celebrate young talent and the future of the industry.

The Awards, recognised as one of the industry’s most prestigious, were presided over by journalist and television presenter Magdalena Roze and presented by Australian hospitality greats David Thompson, Danielle Gjestland and Lucy Allon. Judges this year included Luke Mangan, Ross Lusted, Nick Hildebrandt, James Viles, Simon Denton and Lyndey Milan.

The Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2015 winners are:

Electrolux Australian Young Waiter 2015

Winner: Brooke Adey – Bentley Restaurant & Bar, New South Wales

Runner Up: Louise Naimo – Estelle Bistro, Victoria

Highly Commended: Nikki Friedli – Africola, South Australia

Electrolux People’s Choice: Elizabeth Thomas – Supernormal, Victoria

Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2015

Winner: Jake Kellie – Estelle Bistro, Victoria

Runner Up: Aaron Starling – Bistro Guillaume, Victoria

Highly Commended: Matt Binney – Merricote, Victoria

Electrolux People’s Choice: Matt Binney – Merricote, Victoria

Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2015

Dual winner: Bianca Welsh from Stillwater Restaurant & Black cow bistro in Launceston, TAS

Runner Up: Chris Thornton from Restaurant Mason, Newcastle NSW

The Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2015 prize package includes a certificate and trophy, a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a 4 day culinary experience in Italy courtesy of Sanpellegrino at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine in Parma; followed by a stage in a Michelin star restaurant in Italy, return international flights courtesy of Virgin Australia, a two week stage at a world renowned restaurant, $3000 cash to assist with overseas travel and work experience expenses and on top of all of that Electrolux will provide the establishment of the winner with a selection of premium domestic kitchen appliances of their choice to the value of $5,000 RRP.

The Electrolux Australian Young Waiter 2015 winner prize package includes a certificate and trophy, the chance to attend the 2016 World Gourmet Summit in Singapore as the guest of Sanpellegrino, to attend wine and food master classes, events and network with world renowned industry leaders and wine makers; return international flights courtesy of Virgin Australia, a two day experience with renowned Australian wine makers, $3000 cash to assist with overseas travel and work experience expenses, plus Electrolux will provide the establishment of the winner with a selection of premium domestic kitchen appliances of their choice to the value of $5,000 RRP.

The Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2015 prize package includes a certificate and trophy the chance to network with industry greats at “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna” awards 2016 in Singapore OR “The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna” awards 2016 in London as the guest of Sanpellegrino, return international flights courtesy of Virgin Australia, $8,000 to invest in their business, plus Electrolux will provide winner with a selection of premium domestic kitchen appliances of their choice to the value of $5,000 RRP.

What fantastic prizes for a bunch of talented and well deserving winners! Congratulations to Nikki and Africola on the recognition of your fantastic work!

Keep up to date with all things Appetite for Excellence through their social media channels:

· Facebook: facebook.com/appetiteforexcellence
· Twitter: @Appetite4Xlence
· Instagram: appetiteforexcellence
· YouTube: youtube.com/user/Appetite4Excellence

You can also read more about the previous winners experiences at www.appetiteforexcellence.com.

Read more about Nikki and about the awards in our earlier story here:

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