Adelaide’s Orana was named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year at the Gourmet Traveller Awards last night (August 23, 2017). It’s a win worth celebrating. The award marks the first time a restaurant outside of Sydney and Melbourne has won in two decades.

Jock Zonfrillo’s fine diner beat out top contenders such as Attica (Melbourne) and Brae (Birregurra, Victoria), Australia’s only two restaurants to score a spot in the World’s 50 Best list earlier this year.

The Scottish-born chef with Italian roots is defining modern Australian cuisine on an international level. His intimate Rundle Street restaurant champions indigenous Australian ingredients and traditions. And it extends beyond the menu. Zonfrillo’s not-for-profit Orana Foundation works with the University of Adelaide to actively benefit Indigenous communities.

The awards were held at Chin Chin Sydney. Other winners were Mat Lindsay (Ester, Sydney), who took out the peer-voted Chef of the Year; food-waste activist Ronni Kahn of OzHarvest, who was honoured for her outstanding contribution to hospitality; and Josh Niland (Saint Peter, Sydney) who was named Best New Talent.

Regional Restaurant of the Year went to Aaron Turner’s Geelong restaurant, Igni, and Bar of the Year went to Canberra’s Bar Rochford. Sydney eatery Fred’s was named New Restaurant of the Year.

Other Adelaide eateries to make Gourmet Traveller’s top 100 restaurant list were Magill Estate (14), Hentley Farm (50), Botanic Gardens Restaurant (54) and Africola (56).