Awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant in Sydney” [video]!

Russell Pierce with Stephen Seckold accepting the award

On the 30th of July several of our team headed to Sydney Town Hall for the Sydney Fish Market’s Awards for Excellence.

We were nominated for “Best Seafood Restaurant (Sydney)” in proud company alongside Nicks Seafood Restaurant and Garfish.

A shock and honour when MC Peter Helliar announced that we had won, Stephen Seckold accepted the award and made an unforgettable speech thanking our seafood suppliers and partners, Jules Joto, Petuna Ocean Trout and De Costi Seafood. Many remarked that Stephen is an exciting rising star in the fine dining scene – we certainly agree! You can check out his Twitter by clicking: Follow Stephen on Twitter.

To quote the official media release: “For an outstanding seafood dining experience make sure you visit Flying Fish Restaurant and Bar“. You’re all welcome, give us a call on 02 9518 6677, we’d love to have you.

Another highlight of the night was the focus on sustainability with awards like “Star of the Sea” (which went to Professor Robert E Kearney for his research and development of practices in fisheries) and “Excellence in Environmental Practices” (awarded to Broken Bay Oysters Association). Seafood is such an immense and delicious part of our life, we need to make sure it’s around for our great, great grandchildren to enjoy just as much.

Here’s a full list of the winners and runners up – congratulations to all.

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE

Winner: Broken Bay Oysters Association

Runner Up: South East Trawler Fishing Industry Association

Runner Up: Ocean Watch Australia

BEST SUPPLIER (AQUACULTURE)

Winner: The New Zealand King Salmon Company

Runner Up: Clean Seas Aquaculture (Grow Out Pty Ltd)

Runner Up: Clem Jones (Symonds Prawn Farm)

BEST SUPPLIER (NSW)

Winner: The Bermagui Fishermen’s Cooperative

Runner Up: Ballina Fisherman’s Cooperative

BEST SUPPLIER (INTERSTATE OR OVERSEAS)

Winner: OPC Fish and Lobster (A Division of Aotearoa Fisheries)

Runner Up: Moana Pacific Fisheries (A Division of Aotearoa Fisheries)

Runner Up: FinestKind

INSPIRED BY SEAFOOD (YOUNG CHEF AWARD)

Winner: Sam Smith, Pilu at Freshwater

Runner Up: Joshua Deluca, Ormeggio at the Spit

Runner Up: Alexanda Joslyn, Pilu at Freshwater

BEST SEAFOOD RETAILER (SUBURBAN AND REGIONAL NSW)

Winner: Peter Roan Seafoods

Runner Up: Costis @ Westpoint

Runner Up: FineFish

BEST SEAFOOD RETAILER (SYDNEY FISH MARKET)

Winner: Peter’s Fish Market

Runner Up: De Costi Seafoods

BEST FISH AND CHIPS (REGIONAL)

Winner: Bub’s Fish and Chips, Nelson Bay

BEST FISH AND CHIPS (SYDNEY)

Winner: Bondi Surf Seafoods, Bondi

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (REGIONAL)

Winner: Fins Seafood Restaurant and Bar

Runner Up: Rocksalt, Newcastle

Runner Up: C Restaurant, Caves Beach

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (SYDNEY)

Winner: Flying Fish Restaurant, Pyrmont

Runner Up: Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Cockle Bay Wharf

Runner Up: Garfish Restaurant, Manly

SEAFOOD BUSINESS AWARD

De Costi’s Seafoods

STAR OF THE SEA

Winner: Professor Robert Kearney, University of Canberra

So thank you to Grahame Turk and the Sydney Fish Market, Sean Connolly, Markus Gerlich, Roberta Muir and Lyndey Milan for their support and judging expertise.

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