19, January 2024


Six talented chefs, their teams and the incredible fresh produce of the McLaren Vale wine region have been recognised in the Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat Awards for 2024, putting these McLaren Vale restaurants among the top restaurants in Australia:

Maxwell Restaurant (16), lead by Executive Chef Fabian Lehmann
The Kitchen at Bec Hardy
(14), lead by Chef Connor Bishop
d'Arry's Verandah Restaurant
(14), lead by Head Chef Peter Reschke
Serafino Restaurant
(13), lead by Head Chef Mark Cooper
The Currant Shed
(13), lead by Chef Wayne Lesson
Star of Greece
(12), lead by Chef Michael Collins

The Australian Good Food Guides Chef Hat's have been awarded to discerning Chefs around Australia since 1982. These awards are the result of careful deliberation by AGFG appointed inspectors, who dine anonymously, as well as the reviews and the opinions of the dining public, who submit their comments throughout the year.

The Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat ratings are broken down into four categories:

19-18 Superlative Food & Wine: Internationally acclaimed, worth a special journey.
17-16 Exceptional quality of cuisine, worth a detour.
14-15 Food quite out of the ordinary, worth a stop on the way.
12-13 A good restaurant in its category, satisfaction is guaranteed.

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