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Clean Sweep at the Good Food Guide Awards!
Posted: 13 September 2016 By Ezard
Last night's Good Food Guide Awards saw the ezard team recognized multiple times across several categories.
ezard retained its 2 hats, a coveted title it has maintained since its first year. Recognising the longevity and timelessness of the ezard concept, the guide noted 'the focus on Asian flavours rendered with skillful European technique remains, as do classic Ezard dishes that are as much part of Melbourne culture as trams and Friday night footy...Whether it's business, pre-theatre or romance, this basement stayer has it covered.'
Looking slightly beyond Melbourne's city limits, ezard at Levantine Hill has not only obtained a hat but the People's Choice award as well, all within its first year of operation. Noting that ezard at Levantine Hill is a 'comforting escape' from the free-form dining currently gripping Melbourne, the guide goes on to praise the 'smart collaboration' between Chef Aaron Duffy, overseen by Teage Ezard, and in particular highlights degustations that 'delight the eyes and nourish the soul.'
The care and commitment with which ezard treats all aspects of food were also recognised, with a place in the Top 10 Vegan Menus. ‘FOMO isn’t an option…where an eight-course vegan degustation matches the carnivore’s menu blow for blow. In place of signature chili-caramel pork hock, try caramelised eggplant with tomato and lime salad and yellow curry dressing.’
Finally, without hesitation, we're elated to announce that Head Chef Jarrod Di Blasi has been recognized for his tireless work and dedication with his win as Young Chef of the Year. With the panel of Good Food Guide judges stating they'd 'hire [Jarrod] in a heartbeat,' few would be surprised by Jarrod's acclaim.
As someone who has 'always set their sights on the long game,' it's possible to argue Jarrod has reached the self-imposed finish line a little earlier than anticipated. Congratulations to Chef Teage, Chef Jarrod, and the entire ezard team on their outstanding work for 2016 and well-deserved recognition heading into 2017.