touRRoir Hall of Fame Inductees are honoured across three categories –
Public: Government Agencies who have responsibility for an entire country or destination, county, state or region
2018 Inductee – Tourism Australia & Partners “Restaurant Australia”
Australia had much significant success in closing the perception gap between the clichéd view of Australia and the superb cuisines it has to offer. Since the start of the Restaurant Australia campaign food and wine spend exceeded all targets and has now grown over $1 billion and now accounts for one in five dollars spent by international tourists in Australia.
Accepting the Award: John Hart, Executive Director, Restaurant & Catering Australia
Private: Individuals or NGO’s in a business, or a destination, a single town or even a neighbourhood
2018 Inductee –Gastón Acurio, Astrid y Gastón, PERU
Gastón Acurio is a chef, writer, entrepreneur, and champion of Peruvian cuisine. Present in 9 countries worldwide with 12 brands across more than 45 restaurants, 20 publications in his portfolio, and a weekly cable TV show, he has received worldwide acclaim for starting a gastronomical revolution in Peru. This goal is at the forefront of all of his concepts, projects, and community organizations.
Accepting the Award: H.E. Ms Carmen McEvoy, Ambassador of Peru
2018 Inductee – Myrtle Allen, Ballymaloe House, IRELAND
It’s hard to imagine where the Irish culinary scene would be today if a farmer’s wife named Myrtle Allen hadn’t turned the former dining room at Ballymaloe House — the 17th-century farm property she and her husband, Ivan, had bought in the East Cork village of Shanagarry — into a restaurant back in 1964. Self-taught as a chef, Allen believed that Irish food products were as good as any in the world, and that the traditions of real Irish farmhouse cooking were worth preserving and refining, and she put these beliefs to work. In the years that followed, she became a tireless promoter of the Irish table at its best (she even ran a well-received Irish restaurant in Paris in the early 1980s), trained and/or inspired scores of other chefs and food producers, and helped change the world’s perception of Irish food, very much for the better.
Accepting the Award: Fern Allen, daughter of Myrtle Allen
Media: Documentaries, Blogs, Publications online or otherwise
2018 Inductee – AFAR Magazine, USA
Founded in 2009 by a couple of friends with no magazine experience who decided on a trip to India that they wanted to celebrate “experiential” travel, AFAR has become a major player in the field, regularly eclipsing larger, better-known publications. In place of superficial bullet-point articles and trend-spotting pieces, AFAR publishes evocative prose and vivid images that genuinely capture the essence of places around the globe. While it’s not exclusively food-focused, AFAR covers food and drink extensively, setting it in its cultural context and inspiring travellers to seek out the real authenticity in the restaurants, markets, and even home kitchens of the world.
Accepting the Award: Julia Cosgrove, VP & Editor-in-Chief
2018 Inductee – CNN Culinary Journeys
Culinary Journeys is a sumptuous and colourful series that gives CNN viewers a fresh perspective on global cuisines. Seen through the eyes of world-famous chefs, the series focuses on key destinations and their unique brand of mouth-watering hospitality. Insightful, inspiring and entertaining – Culinary Journeys provides a unique take on the food and culture that can define a travel hot-spot. CNN’s filming is often timed to coincide with celebrated food festivals and the harvest of coveted seasonal ingredients – immersing audiences in the flavours that entice travellers to venture thousands of miles to satisfy their taste buds. Featured guides throughout the series, have been some of the world’s most respected chefs and visionaries: from René Redzepi of NOMA fame, to chef and author Alice Waters, Italian culinary maestro Massimo Bottura, Mexican chef Enrique Olvera and Asia’s #1 chef Gaggan Anand – to name but a few.
Accepting the Award: Matt Percival, Executive Producer & Commissioning Editor CNN Vision