Mason’s Thornton wins top gong

Chris Thornton, Owner and Chef from Restaurant Mason in NewcastleRESTAURANT Mason’s Chris Thornton has been named the Australian Young Restaurateur of the Year.

Mr Thornton took out the accolade at the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence awards in Sydney on Monday night.

He was one of five finalists from across the country vying for the award, which

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support young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs and has launched the careers of some of the country’s best chefs including James Viles, Brendan Pratt and Massimo Mele.

Mr Thornton and his wife Ami opened the restaurant in Hunter Street in November 2011.

They received their first One Chef’s Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Award in the first year and have maintained it ever since.

As part of the competition, Mr Thornton joined the other finalists on a five-day produce tour through regional Victoria in July where they met the passionate producers behind outstanding quality meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables that are eaten in some of the country’s best restaurants.

Mr Thornton was presented with a certificate and trophy and has won $8000 to invest in the business, $5000 worth of kitchen appliances, and the chance to network with industry greats overseas next year.

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