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16 February 2011

Palazzo Versace awarded two coveted ‘Two Chef Hats’

QUEENSLAND, 16 FEBRUARY 2011 – The Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace is excited to announce it has been awarded two, Two Chef Hats by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (AGFG). The hotel’s Vanitas Restaurant and Vie Bar + Restaurant have been recognized for providing an exceptional culinary experience that dares to be different.

Palazzo Versace, Australia’s first and only fashion branded hotel, is the only hotel in Australia to have two restaurants awarded the Two Chef Hats award. Palazzo Versace is also the only hotel in South East Queensland to receive Two Chef Hats. The AGFG Chef Hats have been awarded to discerning Chefs around Australia since 1982. The awards are the result of careful deliberation by inspectors who are appointed by AGFG and dine anonymously, their reviews and the votes of the dining public, determine the results. Inspectors take a number of key factors into account when reviewing restaurants, including quality of ingredients, individual flavours, presentation, individuality and creativity.

General Manager of Palazzo Versace, Russell Durnell, credits these awards to the exceptional team at Palazzo Versace who consistently style and deliver new and exciting culinary creations. “Palazzo Versace is honored to be the only hotel in Australia to be awarded two Two Chef Hats. The Food and Beverage team, led by Executive Chef Steve Szabo, continues to push the boundaries by designing new and exciting menus with creative flare and individuality that have been recognized by both industry experts and our guests,” he said.

Palazzo Versace’s dining offerings are overseen by Executive Chef, Steve Szabo, who joined the hotel in its inaugural year. Steve’s approach to dining has always been and continues to be both innovative yet classical, as he continues to draw on his experiences working with some of the world's leading chefs.

Fine dining restaurant Vanitas is led by Swiss-born Head Chef Martin Glutz. With over 15 years experience in the field, Martin has worked in seven different countries, bringing a world of flavour to each and every dish he serves. Complimented with outstanding service of an international caliber, Palazzo Versace is also home to Australia’s top sommelier Cyril Thevenet. Originally from France, Cyril is one of Europe’s most acclaimed wine experts and brings experience gained at a number of internationally recognized restaurants.

Award-winning Vie Bar + Restaurant overlooks the Gold Coast’s famous Broadwater, serving contemporary cuisine in a spectacular setting. Vie Bar + Restaurant is overseen by Chef de Cuisine, Tim Stewart, who brings with him a wealth of local and international knowledge, with experience working in kitchen’s throughout Australia and the UK.

To make a reservation at one of Palazzo Versace’s award-winning restaurants call 07 5509 7000 or for more information visit

Palazzo Versace

In 1998, Sunland Group, a publicly-listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange, together with Gianni Versace SpA had a bold vision to create the world’s first fashion-branded hotel and residence experience. In September 2000, the $300 million Palazzo Versace opened its doors on Australia’s famous Gold Coast and a new luxury address was born.

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast, the world’s first luxury designer hotel, incorporates 200 classically elegant rooms and suites, 72 neighbouring condominiums, three award-winning restaurants and a private marina, all on a historic site in Southern Queensland on the edge of the Gold Coast Broadwater.


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