National praise for eateries

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

A growing focus on the Great Southern region was the key ingredient in securing two local restaurants a place in a prestigious top-500 restaurants in Australia listing.

Due South and Liberte have been named in the 2017 Australian Financial Review 500 restaurants in Australia shortlist, which will be scaled down to 100.

This is the first time the Great Southern restaurants have made the list, compiled by an expert team of Good Food Guide editors.

Due South general manager Steve Denton said passion for the industry and region was the winning factor. “Having variety and lots of people with passion who want to promote food and wine ... it’s really putting us on the map,” he said. “Now more than ever, there are lots of places in Albany ... People go out more often, which is good for everybody.”

Liberte owner and chef Amy Hamilton said she was humbled to make the list but said the industry relied on solidarity.

“At the end of the day, it’s really great the attention it brings to the region,” she said. “It’s integral in town to encourage camaraderie in the food and wine industry.

“The success of the region lies in the camaraderie — people rely and support each other.”

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