BANGALOW'S Katrina and Karl Kanetani, the chefs behind Town Restaurant and Cafe, have been recognized in this year's Delicious Produce Awards for their use of regional produce.
The couple, who had acclaimed careers in Sydney and had worked all around the world before heading for a seachange in Bangalow, have been named the winners of the Best Use of Regional Produce by a Chef award.
Ms Kanetani was in Sydney for the awards on Tuesday night, where industry leaders and producers from across Australia gathered and a panel of judges, including Shannon Bennett, Guillaume Brahimi, Maggie Beer, John Lethlean, Necia Wilden, Simon Marnie, Simon Thomsen, Matt Preston and Jane Adams.
The Delicious Produce Awards recognise outstanding contributions by small and artisan producers and the growing interest in sustainability.
The judges said the Kanetanis were outstanding in their use of the local produce, with Mr Lethlean commenting that the Kanetanis were an "amazing double act".
I like the fact that people are recognising that farmers are out there working their arses off
"The individuality of their food owes much to their sourcing of produce from local small growers," Mr Lethlean said.
The Kanetanis said they were absolutely over the moon about receiving the award, which they said was not just recognition for them, but also recognition of all the hard work farmers do behind the scenes in the hospitality industry.
"I like the fact that people are recognising that farmers are out there working their arses off," Mr Kanetani said.
"I'm glad that we're being recognised for using local produce, and that they (farmers) are getting recognised for doing what they do."
Ms Kanetani said they had formed a great relationship with the local producers who supply their restaurant and cafe, and they felt lucky to live and work in such a great food-producing area.
As blown away as they already were, to then find out that as part of their prize they have received a holiday to Sri Lanka has knocked their socks off, Ms Kanetani said.
"It was a fantastic surprise."
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