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  • Michelle Meehan

Wine Country Restaurants Achieve Hat Status in National Good Food Guide 2019

The scores are in, and the results are official – Hunter Valley Wine Country is home to four of Australia’s top restaurants, with the recently released national Good Food Guide awarding restaurants in Pokolbin, Mount View and Broke with hat-status.

In The Hunter, Pokolbin was a standout, with Muse Restaurant retaining it’s two hats and Muse Kitchen retaining one hat. Mount View’s Bistro Molines and Broke’s Margan Restaurant also retained their one hat status.

The Guide of independent, anonymous reviews is written by a panel of trusted restaurant critics and recognises the best Australian restaurants nationally with ‘hats’, symbolised by a chef’s toque.

To secure a coveted spot in the Guide, restaurants in New South Wales and Victoria must score at least 14 out of 20, while all other states must score a minimum of 15. More than 500 restaurants from across the country were reviewed for this year’s Guide, with 264 of these receiving hat status, ranging from one to three.

To achieve a hat is a pinnacle of a chef’s career and a restaurant’s history, and the term ‘hatted’ has become embedded in the Australian lexicon.

The national Good Food Guide 2019 is out now and can be found in newsagencies nationally or online at RRP $29.99

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