Russell Blaikie 2019 Winner

The Industry Leadership award is all about high level hospitality success. But it is also about history and legacy, about a long consistent career of excellence, about an individual who will leave a legacy and who inspires us – not just for their skills as a restaurateur or chef – but as a role model, a good human, a passionate advocate for hospitality and, yes, a successful restaurateur.

There is none more worthy of the WA Good Food Guide Industry Leadership Award than Russell Blaikie.

He is a chef of enormous talent, a restaurateur with endless energy and passion, a philanthropist with boundless passion and a restaurant professional who is driven. He is a natural TV presenter and a much-loved radio chef.

Russell Blaikie is a compelling speaker whether his topic is about local produce and supporting farmers or raising money for his philanthropic causes supporting those who are less fortunate than we are.

His popular, nationally renowned and much-awarded restaurant has been re-cast several times over the years in order to keep pace with the rapidly changing way we dine. Each time Blaikie has reshaped his business, it has continued to thrive, even in these tough times.

But it is Russell Blaikie that we celebrate with this award. We thank him for his leadership, humanity and success.