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.