Amy Hamilton 2024 Winner
If proof was ever needed that one restaurant can change the outlook of a regional city then Liberté, and more specifically Amy Hamilton its chef-owner, is the living embodiment. When Liberté opened in Albany nine years ago, Hamilton brought her experiences under mentor Russell Blaikie (of legendary Must Winebar) with her, adding a now-signature Franco-Vietnamese menu and an impeccable taste for good drinking. The result, for years now, has been true destination status, even as it remains a weekly ritual for so many locals. Whether you go for the front bar, the food, the atmosphere, or the feted garlic and chilli crab noodles, Hamilton’s mark is all over the place, down to her support of local growers and winemakers. An overdue award, for a titan of WA hospitality.