Fins taste awards success
By luke prendergast IT'S OFFICIAL: Fins Seafood Restaurant in Byron Bay is the best restaurant in Northern NSW. The restaurant was last night named 'Restaurant of the Year' at the 2007 Restaurant & Catering NSW Awards for Excellence (Northern Region), held at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff. The awards acknowledge excellence in food and service in the northern region of NSW, including New England. Fins also picked up the 'Best Seafood Restaurant' award, while several other local eateries were also honoured. Fins executive chef Steve Snow said he was thrilled. "What can I say, it's a most amazing honour, but you just never know," he said. "You always hope to do well; we've got brilliant produce, great staff and I go overseas as a guest chef and bring back ideas, so I guess it's a combination of those things. "Do you expect it? No, you never expect it, but am I pleased? Yes, I'm very pleased." Judges commented that Fins made a great contribution to the area for both its food and friendly service. They praised the restaurant for the high standards it had kept since its doors opened. CEO of Restaurant & Catering NSW, Robert Goldman, said judges were impressed with many local restaurants, easily comparable with those in any major city in Australia. "The trend seems to be that many local chefs have done their stint in bigger cities and have returned home to carve out a niche for themselves," he said. Fins will compete with venues from across NSW in the regional finals later this year.