MAITRE D’ OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Adam Cash, Cutler & Co, Melbourne, Vic
“Informed but informal” is a style Adam Cash has been honing over the years as both a waiter and a manager in places such as Vue de Monde, Ezard, and Three, One, Two. It’s a great balance, one that lets his customers relax, confident that he’ll be there when they need him.
Peter Sullivan, Aria, Sydney, NSW; Aria, Brisbane, Qld
Chef Matt Moran might be the most visible face of Aria, but it’s the deeply affable Peter Sullivan, Moran’s front-of-house collaborator since the pair’s days at The Paddington Inn Bistro nearly 20 years ago, who has been responsible for possibly its greatest asset: service.
Stephen Tso, Me Wah, Hobart, Tas
It helps, of course, that Stephen Tso can read minds, but his earthly gifts – his eagerness to please, his impressive wine knowledge and the fact that he can silver-serve with his eyes closed – also contribute in no small part to his richly deserved reputation.