Richard Stapleton (right) receives awards from the Restaurant Catering Queensland president Peter Summers at the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns last week.
Richard Stapleton (right) receives awards from the Restaurant Catering Queensland president Peter Summers at the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns last week.

Emerald best place to eat

THE Capricornian Restaurant had plenty of reasons to celebrate last week, as they took out two top honours in the Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence.

The awards, which recognise the industry’s commitment to service and quality, were held in Cairns last Monday night and the Capricornian Restaurant won the category of Best Restaurant in a Hotel/Motel/Resort in the region of North Queensland, which borders the Sunshine Coast to Cairns.

The Emerald restaurant then went on the take out the major prize of Best Restaurant in North Queensland for the year.

Chef and proprietor Richard Stapleton said he was “over the moon” to be declared the top place to dine in the region.

“It is certainly an honour to be acknowledged with an industry-based accolade such as this,” Richard said.

“There can be no substitute for being recognised by our peers. It is a credit to everyone who has contributed to the business since its inception eight years ago. Everyone who has been involved in the past has made a contribution to what we are today.”

Richard said this year was the first he had entered the restaurant into the awards program, and that during the month of July the Capricornian was anonymously assessed by an independent judge sent from Brisbane by the Restaurant and Catering Awards Program.

He said the restaurant had a strong vision of what they wanted to give to their diners and that he was pleased to be recognised for that commitment.

“Our charter is to provide a quality dining experience in what can be, at times, a challenging environment,” Richard said.

“We aim to do our best with whatever resources we have at hand. Our endeavours are all about the pursuit of excellence but it will always be in the context of our immediate environment.

“We appreciate the support of our faithful clientele who have supported us vigorously since day one.”


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