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Tedesca Osteria Named Australia’s 2022 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year

An intimate farm-style eatery with just 30 seats has been voted Australia’s best restaurant of the year.

Tedesca Osteria, located in an early 20th century home overlooking 27 acres of Red Hill farmland on the Mornington Peninsula, was named 2022 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year in a virtual ceremony on Sunday night.

But diners who want to make reservations won’t be able to get a table until next year, as the restaurant confirms it’s officially fully booked for the rest of 2021.

A farm-style eatery with just 30 seats has been named Australia's best restaurant of 2021

A farm-style eatery with just 30 seats has been named Australia’s best restaurant of 2021

Tedesca Osteria, located in an early 20th century home overlooking 27 acres of Red Hill farmland on the Mornington Peninsula, was named 2022 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year in a virtual ceremony on Sunday night.

Tedesca Osteria, located in an early 20th century home overlooking 27 acres of Red Hill farmland on the Mornington Peninsula, was named 2022 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year in a virtual ceremony on Sunday night.

Tedesca Osteria, located in an early 20th century home overlooking 27 acres of Red Hill farmland on the Mornington Peninsula, was named 2022 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant of the Year in a virtual ceremony on Sunday night.

Chef and owner Brigitte Hafner (pictured) dreamed for more than a decade of opening the restaurant, which can accommodate 30 to 35 guests for intimate, quiet lunches

Chef and owner Brigitte Hafner (pictured) dreamed for more than a decade of opening the restaurant, which can accommodate 30 to 35 guests for intimate, quiet lunches

Chef and owner Brigitte Hafner (pictured) dreamed for more than a decade of opening the restaurant, which can accommodate 30 to 35 guests for intimate, quiet lunches

Chef and owner Brigitte Hafner dreamed of opening the restaurant for more than a decade, which can accommodate 30 to 35 guests for intimate, quiet lunches.

“Tedesca grew out of something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” she said.

“I grew it in my heart, out of my mind, out of conversations and how I like to cook.”

Gourmet Traveler praised it for being “refined and elegant, yet working in a way that is both humble and deeply personal.”

Tedesca Osteria offers a set menu dining experience for $155 per head. A typical menu may include antipasto, handmade pasta, a seafood dish, a meat dish, and a dessert, but this changes with the seasons.

Gourmet Traveler praised it for being “refined and elegant, yet working in a way that is both humble and deeply personal”

Tedesca Osteria offers a set menu dining experience for $155 per head.  A typical menu may include antipasto, handmade pasta, a seafood dish, a meat dish, and a dessert, but this changes with the seasons

Tedesca Osteria offers a set menu dining experience for $155 per head.  A typical menu may include antipasto, handmade pasta, a seafood dish, a meat dish, and a dessert, but this changes with the seasons

Tedesca Osteria offers a set menu dining experience for $155 per head. A typical menu may include antipasto, handmade pasta, a seafood dish, a meat dish, and a dessert, but this changes with the seasons

The restaurant has received near-perfect reviews on Google, with many customers claiming it is “the best dining experience of my life.”

“We love this small space so much, we don’t even know where to start. The food is finger-licking good and the open kitchen feels so warm and inviting, it’s like dining at a friend’s home in the Italian countryside. This place is an absolute gem,” one diner wrote.

Another said: ‘Incredible dining experience. It felt like a delicious meal in someone’s impeccably designed home.”

As someone added, ‘This was one of the most delightful dining experiences we’ve had. The food was fresh, innovative and a nice balance of flavors and textures. Staff were very competent and very welcoming. A must when visiting the peninsula.’

Winners of the Gourmet Traveler Restaurant Award 2022

Restaurant of the year: Tedesca Osteria, Red Hill, Victoria

Restaurant of the Year winners: Tedesca Osteria (Victoria), Saint Peter (NSW), Fico (Tasmania), Millbrook (WA), Restaurant Botanic (SA), Elska (Queensland), Pilot (ACT)

Chief of the Year: Daniel Puskas from Sixpenny, Sydney

Best new restaurant: Gimlet, Melbourne

Best new talent: Jung Eun Chae from Chae, Sydney

Restaurant Personality of the Year: Sharon Romeo from Fino, SA

Best dining destination: Oaks Kitchen and Garden, Queensland

Best Wine Bar: Monopole, Sydney

Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality: Amy Chanta

Gimlet, Andrew McConnell’s restaurant in the 1920s Cavendish House in Melbourne’s CBD, won Best New Restaurant, while Jung Eun Chae of Melbourne’s Chae restaurant was named Best New Talent.

Daniel Puskas of Sydney’s Sixpenny was named Chef of the Year, in the evening’s only peer-voted award. The restaurant turned into a successful bakery model during the state lockdown.

“This year has been a huge challenge for the restaurant industry, but it has also brought new depths of creativity and resilience, especially from our restaurant award winners,” said Joanna Hunkin, editor of Gourmet Traveler.

“As Sydney and Melbourne reopen and regional travel resumes, there’s no better time to celebrate the joy of eating out and celebrating the people who make it so special.”

But diners who want to make reservations won't be able to get a table until next year, as the restaurant confirms it's officially fully booked for the rest of 2021

But diners who want to make reservations won't be able to get a table until next year, as the restaurant confirms it's officially fully booked for the rest of 2021

But diners who want to make reservations won’t be able to get a table until next year, as the restaurant confirms it’s officially fully booked for the rest of 2021

The restaurant has received near-perfect reviews on Google, with many customers claiming it is 'the best dining experience of my life'

The restaurant has received near-perfect reviews on Google, with many customers claiming it is 'the best dining experience of my life'

The restaurant has received near-perfect reviews on Google, with many customers claiming it is ‘the best dining experience of my life’

Sydney came out of lockdown in mid-October, and Melbourne followed suit on Friday.

Considered the most closed off city in the world, Melbourne has endured a total of 263 days of home ordering as of March 2020, with the flow-on effects bringing many hospitality establishments to their knees.

A who’s who of the industry will gather in Melbourne in February to celebrate the award winners and the resilience of the hospitality industry.

Details of the winners of the Gourmet Traveler Restaurant Award and the Restaurant Guide of Australia’s Top 80 Restaurants will be on newsstands in a special Gourmet Traveler Celebration issue on Monday, October 25.

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