2020 Awards for Excellence 


2020 will be one for the record books. It has been a challenging start to the year for many businesses particularly in the hospitality sector. To provide positivity and a reason for the industry to celebrate its resilience through these times, R&CA will continue to hold the 2020 Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. We understand the financial hardship you are under however R&CA have heard from many of you and feel it is of utmost importance to provide a platform for all winners and finalists to be recognised, particularly during these unprecedented times. That is why we have allowed gift vouchers to be provided replacing the nomination category fee.



The Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence gives restaurants, cafes and caterers well deserved recognition for their hard work, exceptional food and outstanding service in this vibrant industry. The Awards are held in each state, recognising operators in metropolitan and regional centres. The R&CA awards are the only industry awards with an independent judging system with over 280 judges reporting to state Judge Chairs and a National Chief Judge.

This year we have made some changes to the Awards. All events will be a sit-down black tie gala dinner with entertainment and glam so you can bring your teams and celebrate in style. All nominated venues will now receive more comprehensive feedback on the judges' experience to allow you to use the information to benefit the operations of the business. We hope you value the need feedback process.

We are thrilled to share with you the 2020 Awards for Excellence! We look forward to having your business as part of this years program.


 State Event Date Venue
 WA 5 October Optus Stadium
 SA 12 October Adelaide Convention Centre
 VIC & TAS  Virtual Announcement
 QLD & NT 9 November Victoria Park
 NSW & ACT 7 December The Venue, Alexandria


“Overboard Café in Hillarys WA joined R&CA mainly for advice and support.  This year we entered the Awards for Excellence because we thought our staff deserved recognition for their continued hard work. Well, we won not only the best Café Award but also the Café of the Year Award, and the ongoing promotion of these awards has been a terrific benefit to our business growth. ”

Clive Pickering

Over Board Café, (2019 WA Café of the Year)


Western Australia

South Australia

Queensland & Northern Territory

New South Wales & ACT



Restaurants have the opportunity to enter one of fourteen restaurant categories which is most relevant to their business while Casual Dining establishments have the opportunity to enter one of three casual dining categories. Both restaurant and casual dining establishments can also enter the awards for Best Breakfast and/or Tourism Restaurant. For those restaurants that also specialise in catering for events within their restaurant, they can enter the Restaurant Caterer category and submit a list of event options to be judged. Please note that WA Restaurants will have a separate entry form and options of category choices. The WA Restaurant nomination form is listed separately below.

Caterers have the opportunity to enter up to two catering categories that best suit their catering business out of seven catering categories.

Each establishment entered and judged in the awards are vying for the major accolades of Restaurant of the Year, Casual Dining of the Year and Caterer of the Year.

Click the links below to access nomination forms:

Restaurant Nomination Form (CLOSED)

Tourism Restaurant Form (CLOSED)

Catering Nomination Form (CLOSED)

Fast Casual Dining Nomination Form (CLOSED)



To be eligible, venues must nominate for this category and will be judged based on their ability to meet at least 50% of a set of criteria.

The successful venue will receive fabulous marketing and advertising opportunities that are invaluable to your venue. Award winners will be presented with a trophy at the 2020 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence, and access to a suite of ‘Healthy Kids Menus’ materials such as a guide for business, and branding materials which can be used for your venues promotional campaign. Click the link below to access the nomination form.




The aim of the Hospitality Awards is to honour true professionals in the hospitality industry who are dedicated to their profession. The organisers of these prestigious awards are seeking people who are outstanding and always prepared to strive to achieve excellence, and whose attitude and contribution to their profession has inspired public confidence in the hospitality industry.




Click on the below links to view the 2019 winners.

2019 SA Winners List

2019 VIC/TAS Winners List

2019 WA Winners List

2019 QLD & NT Winners List

2019 ACT Winners List

2019 NSW Winners List



Click on the below links to view the 2019 finalists.

2019 SA Finalist List

2019 VIC & TAS Finalist List

2019 WA Finalist List

2019 QLD & NT Finalist List

2019 NSW Finalist List

2019 ACT Finalist List