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Esteemed chef Guillaume Brahimi appointed to the rank of Knight by French President - 26 November 2014
Esteemed French chef Guillaume Brahimi is to be the recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.  
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - Esteemed French chef Guillaume Brahimi is to be the recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit), and was told of the news by French President François Hollande in person whilst in Canberra last week.

Guillaume was appointed to the rank of Knight (Chevalier) for his outstanding services rendered to France in the category of ‘Foreign Affairs and International Development’, and will be awarded the medal at an official ceremony in February 2015.

This prestigious honour is a mark of the French government’s appreciation for his extensive service and contributions to the French community, at large and particularly in Australia.

French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia’s most respected chefs, operating some of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Guillaume at Bennelong and Bistro Guillaume, since arriving in Sydney in the early 1990s from Paris, where he trained under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon.

The National Order of Merit of France is an Order of State with membership awarded by the President of the French Republic. It was founded on December 3, 1963, by President Charles de Gaulle to reward outstanding services rendered to France on the basis of personal merit.

With approximately 2,500 members to date, the National Order of Merit stands as one of France’s highest distinctions and is reserved for French citizens living abroad who have served their communities with diligence.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Award criteria – The Order has five classes, of which one is Knight:

  • Chevalier (Knight): to be of a minimum age of 35, have a minimum of 10 years of public service (although, in practice, 15 years is the minimum commonly needed to be conferred the rank of Chevalier), and "distinguished merits" (for active duty commissioned officers, this is achieved after fifteen years of meritorious service).
Guillaume Brahimi – Biography

In 2001, Guillaume won the prestigious contract to take over the flagship restaurant Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House and opened this spectacular venue as Guillaume at Bennelong.

The restaurant went on to win almost every major accolade in Australian food, as well as international recognition. They held three-hats in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, Guillaume and his team regained their three-hat status in the 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and Guillaume was awarded Vittoria Legend Award for his outstanding long-term contribution to the restaurant industry. Guillaume at Bennelong had its last service on New Year’s Eve 2013.

Guillaume and his acclaimed team opened their new restaurant Guillaume in August 2014. Located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in Paddington, Guillaume will continue to deliver the high standards of food and service for which Guillaume at Bennelong was renowned.

In 2009, Guillaume formed a partnership with Crown Resorts and opened Bistro Guillaume at Crown’s Melbourne property which has held one-hat since 2012. In September of the same year, Brahimi opened his second Bistro Guillaume at Crown Perth, which has also held one-hat since 2013. Brahimi’s partnership with Crown Resorts developed further when he was appointed Culinary Director for the next three years. 

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Crown Perth restaurants recognised in The West Australian Good Food Guide 2015! - 18 November 2014
Crown Perth is proud to announce that Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth again secured a two- star rating. 
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - Crown Perth is proud to announce that Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth again secured a two- star rating at the launch of The West Australian Good Food Guide 2015 last night, with judges scoring Neil Perry’s fine dining institution an impressive 17.5 points out of 20.

Congratulations are also in order for Crown Perth’s premium Japanese restaurant co-owned by esteemed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, Nobu, and Guillaume Brahimi’s famed French restaurant Bistro Guillaume, who were each awarded a one-star rating, maintaining their impressive star status for another year running.

In addition, Atrium Buffet and Rockpool Bar & Grill were named in the top five of the following categories:

  • Top 5 Breakfast – Atrium Buffet
  • Top 5 Burgers – Rockpool Bar & Grill
  • Top 5 Vegetarian – Rockpool Bar & Grill

Also featured in the prestigious guide is our premier Chinese restaurant Silks, Perth’s finest buffet dining venue Atrium, elegant champagne lounge La Vie, authentic Italian restaurant Modo Mio and our popular pub famous for its ‘dude food’ The Merrywell.

Chief Operating Officer – Hotels & Entertainment Andrew Hill said, “This is a fantastic honour for our venues to receive and we are very proud of the teams involved. Each of these outlets plays an important role in contributing to Crown Perth’s extensive and renowned dining portfolio."

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Crown Perth Wins Prestigious AHA Awards! - 11 November 2014
Over 1,100 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth last night for the presentation of the 2014 AHA-Aon Hotel and Hospitality Awards for Excellence. 
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014- Over 1,100 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth last night for the presentation of the 2014 AHA-Aon Hotel and Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

Crown Perth was once again proud to be the host venue for these awards, recognising accommodation hotels, pubs, bars, dining and tourism facilities as well as employees that demonstrate excellence within the Western Australian hospitality industry.

Crown Perth’s premier Chinese restaurant, Silks, was honoured to receive WA’s Best Premium Restaurant award. Launched in August 2013, Silks offers diners an exquisite selection of authentic Cantonese and multi- regional dishes, setting the benchmark for Chinese cuisine in Perth.

Perth’s home of American-inspired ‘dude food’, The Merrywell, took out WA’s Best Casual Pub Dining honour, whilst Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth was awarded WA's Best Bar Presentation and Service.

Crown Perth was also honoured to be a finalist in the following categories:

  • Best Late Night Venue – The Merrywell
  • Best Training Initiative – Crown Perth
  • Best Environmental & Energy Efficiency Practice – Crown Perth
  • Best Cookery Services Employee – Eric Fernandez
  • Best Sommelier – Francois Reijasse
  • Best AHA-HGT Rising Star – Kevin Senjaya
  • Best Premium Restaurant – Rockpool Bar & Grill
  • Best Wine List – Rockpool Bar & Grill

Crown Perth Chief Operating Officer – Hotels and Entertainment Andrew Hill said, “It is an incredible honour to be recognised at the prestigious AHA Hotel and Hospitality Awards for Excellence and we are extremely proud of the teams at Silks, The Merrywell and Rockpool Bar & Grill. These awards are testament to the calibre of our extensive dining offering here at Crown Perth.”

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said “2014 has been a great year for Western Australian Hospitality, our venues and food and beverage offerings have been recognised nationally and internationally amongst the best of the best.”

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Crown Perth Public Relations
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Email: sophie.ridgeway@crownperth.com.au 

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Crown Perth proud to be part of record-breaking Telethon! - 27 October 2014
Crown Perth was honoured to be a major partner of Channel 7’s Telethon once again this year. 
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Monday, 27 October 2014- Crown Perth was honoured to be a major partner of Channel 7’s Telethon once again this year, proudly donating $2.5 million to support this very important cause in the Western Australian community.

The ‘In It To Win It,’ series of challenges sponsored by Crown saw Channel 7 personalities compete in fun challenges over the Telethon weekend to raise funds, along with the help of Crown Perth staff members who enjoyed being part of the live TV action.

Crown Australian Resorts Chief Executive Officer Barry Felstead said Telethon was a key initiative within Crown’s community support program.

“Telethon is one of WA’s favourite charity events and the Crown team is tremendously proud to be part of it. Crown places very high importance on giving back to the local community we operate in and we’re privileged to be able to support Telethon in helping the kids of WA.

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire Telethon team and volunteers on achieving a record-breaking result and raising over $25 million.”

As a major supporter of Telethon since 2010, Crown Perth has donated $7.5 million towards the cause.

For more information please contact:
Donna Bennett
Crown Perth Public Relations
P: +61 8 9362 8829
M: +61 488 041 675
E: donna.bennett@crownperth.com.au 

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Crown Perth wins gold at 2014 Gold Plate Awards - 21 October 2014
Crown Perth was the recipient of five Gold Plate Awards at the Catering Institute of Australia’s Gala Awards Dinner held in Perth last night. 
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014- Crown Perth was the recipient of five Gold Plate Awards at the Catering Institute of Australia’s Gala Awards Dinner held in Perth last night. A testament to Crown Perth’s continuing excellence across the spectrum of its extensive dining offering was acknowledged with these wins in the following categories:

  • Mediterranean Casual Dining – Modo Mio
  • Buffet Dining – Atrium Buffet
  • Excellence in Health Award – Atrium Buffet
  • Steakhouse – Rockpool Bar & Grill (Prix D'Honneurs)
  • Wine List of the Year – Rockpool Bar & Grill (Prix D'Honneurs)

Chief Operating Officer – Hotels & Entertainment Andrew Hill said, “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised at these prestigious Awards and we are extremely proud of the teams at Modo Mio, Atrium Buffet and Rockpool Bar & Grill.

“The dedication and professionalism of our staff is exemplified by their commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our patrons.

“To win the ‘Excellence in Health Award’ for a second consecutive year is a further testament to Crown Perth’s commitment to food safety, having also achieved the internationally recognised certification ISO 22000 standard by the BSI Group for its Food Safety Management Systems for two years running.”

The ISO 22000 is one of the highest food standard credentials in the country and Crown Perth is the only casino complex of its kind in Australia to achieve the standard as a property that combines Gaming, Hotels and VIP restaurants as well as Banqueting and Convention activities.

The Catering Institute’s annual Gold Plate Awards acknowledge the outstanding quality and service provided by restaurants throughout Western Australia. These Awards represent one of the only independent reviews of restaurants in Australia where the judges travel anonymously to grade each of the entrants.

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Crown Perth Public Relations
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Fax: +61 8 9362 7909
Email: sophie.ridgeway@crownperth.com.au 

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