Gault&Millau 2018 Professional of the Year

Meet Kevin McSteen, restaurant manager of Attica, Ripponlea (VIC).

Great chefs know that how guests are welcomed and served can be just as important as ingredients, flavours, creative menus and exquisite plating. Gault&Millau Australia has identified restaurant professionals who demonstrate a passion for hospitality, as well as outstanding personal qualities that complement the style of their restaurant. The Electrolux Professional of the Year award recognises these dedicated individuals.

Interview with Kevin McSteen, our Professional of the Year

Meet the winner

      Kevin McSteen

      AtticaRipponlea (VIC)

The role of the modern maître d’ may not be as glamorous as it once was, but it’s the very reason Kevin McSteen fell in love with this industry. Every night he gets to welcome guests to Attica and show them that the spirit of hospitality is what makes a great experience an exceptional one. 

At Attica, he is fortunate that he can enjoy his craft to the fullest, and his genuine approach filters down to the team, allowing them to deliver a style of service that is warm, honest and, at its very core, fun!

Meet the finalists

Aparecido Bianchi

Garum, Perth (WA)

Maurice Brimo

Grain of the Silos, Invermay (TAS)

Gareth Burnett

Amaru, Armadale (VIC)

Daniel Burton

ARIA Restaurant Brisbane, Brisbane (QLD)

Merryn Campbell

IGNI, Geelong (VIC)

Rudranil Das

Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Magill (SA) 

Carlo Grossi

Grossi Florentino, Melbourne (VIC)

Stuart Halliday

Felix, Sydney (NSW)

Marcellus Heleta

RAKU dining, Canberra (ACT)

Kevin McSteen

Attica, Ripponlea (VIC)

Russ Mills

Bennelong, Sydney (NSW)

Martin O’Connor

d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant, McLaren Vale (SA)

Steven Rhodes

Three Blue Ducks, Ewingsdale (NSW)

Christoph Schrottenbaum

Vue de monde, Melbourne (VIC)

Megan Silverthorne

Vasse Felix, Cowaramup (WA)

Mark Smit, 

O Bar & Dining, Sydney (NSW)

Daniel Tapia

Urbane Restaurant, Brisbane (QLD)

Marta Thevenet

Aubergine, Griffith (ACT)

Janine Thorel

Landscape Restaurant & Grill, Hobart (TAS)

Victoria Zwierzynski

Berowra Waters Inn, Berowra Waters (NSW) 

Proudly sponsored by