Three-hat win for The Star at the first national Good Food Guide Awards

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Three-hat win for The Star at the first national Good Food Guide Awards

Published on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

The Star Sydney is celebrating success at last night’s inaugural national Good Food Guide Awards where Momofuku Seiōbo took out two hats and Sokyo was awarded one hat among 500 restaurants reviewed around Australia.

Held on home turf at the award-winning The Star Event Centre, the event highlighted the extraordinary achievements of Momofuku Seiōbo Executive Chef Paul Carmichael and his team who have retained two hats since the Good Food Guide Awards 2016.

Formerly the Executive Chef of award-winning Momofuku Má Pêche in Manhattan, New York City, Carmichael relocated to Sydney in 2015 to take over the kitchen at Momofuku Seiōbo. Originally from the island of Barbados, Carmichael delivers flavours of the Caribbean through his frequently changing multi-course tasting menu, which is inspired by the bounty of Australian ingredients and his mother’s cooking.

Momofuku Seiōbo Executive Chef, Paul Carmichael said: “I’m incredibly proud to be awarded two hats and excited to share this accolade with the whole Seiōbo team, who put their heart and soul into the restaurant.”

Founded by Chef David Chang, Momofuku has restaurants in New York City, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Sydney. Momofuku Seiōbo’s other accolades include three stars in the Australian Gourmet Traveller National Restaurant Guide 2018, #13 The Australian Financial Review Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants 2017, and Time Out Sydney Food Awards 2017 Best Degustation.

Signature restaurant and standout culinary attraction at The Star, Sokyo retained the one hat it has held since the Good Food Guide Awards 2014 in honour of Executive Chef Chase Kojima’s commitment to serving the sublime and spectacular flavours of Tokyo with a distinct Sydney twist.

Sokyo’s sister restaurant, Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast also retained the coveted one hat its held since the Good Food Guide Awards 2016.

The Star General Manager of Food and Beverage, Andy North said: “We’re thrilled that Momofuku Seiōbo and Sokyo have been commended by the Good Food Guide team for consistently delivering memorable dining experiences of the highest standard.”

The who’s who of the Australian hospitality industry were treated to a range of culinary delights at the event, with top chefs from Momofuku Seiōbo, Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill, Balla, Fat Noodle and The Century serving a special showcasing the best of The Star. The standout dish of the night was Carmichael and Kojima’s collaborative spicy dengakuman glacier 51 toothfish with secret spicy umami marinade and fermented salad.

Experience a taste of The Star’s signature restaurants during Good Food Month Sydney with events including “Tender Stories with Scott Pickett and Dany Karam” at BLACK Bar & Grill on October 25; “An Italian Affair with Balla and Lumi Bar & Dining” at Balla on October 31; and Let’s Do Lunch at Sokyo every Friday and Saturday until October 28.

Considered Australia’s most trusted guide, the 2018 Good Food Guide has been researched and compiled by a team of respected critics, and co-edited by Roslyn Grundy and Myffy Rigby. The highly respected ‘hat’ award system showcases the best restaurants in a suite of categories, from Hobart to Darwin, Brisbane to Perth.

For more information about Good Food Month at The Star Sydney and reservations, please visit


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About The Star Sydney:

The Star Sydney is Australia’s premier place to play. A sip of sparkling. A dozen freshly shucked oysters. Crisp white sheets and red carpet. Diamonds and spades. Gucci and gastronomy. The day begins with luxury – where it ends is up to you. At The Star, we have just one mission –– to thrill. That’s why we have all star chefs and restaurants, luxurious accommodation and high-end fashion, a sumptuous day spa, an amazing nightclub, and, of course, the world-class casino. It’s all yours for the taking, so will you? Come and play at The Star.