In the heart of the Barossa Valley on Friday the 7th of April, St Hugo has opened its doors to host the World’s Top 50 Academy Chairs. St Hugo was grateful to be on the list of venues visited as part of their first visit to Australia since the Top 50’s inception 13 years ago.

Hot off the back of announcing the world’s latest best restaurants list, 26 Academy Chairs are visiting vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. The Academy Chairs are meeting with local producers and South Australian chefs, and dining in some of the state’s best restaurants as part of their two day annual general meeting.

At the home of St Hugo, the Academy Chairs enjoyed an exceptional four-course ‘wine to food matched’ lunch experience created by renowned Executive Chef, Mark McNamara. The unique dishes on Mark’s menu are designed to perfectly complement St Hugo’s bold and powerful wines.

Executive Chef, Mark McNamara said “I am excited that the home of St Hugo was chosen to showcase the best that South Australia has to offer in food and wine to the Academy Chairs. It was our pleasure to show them four dishes from our current menu, all focused on sensational produce from around the state, with the pinnacle being some incredible Waygu grown near Coonawarra that we have matched to our flagship 2010 Vetus Purum Barossa Shiraz.

Mark’s menu for the Top 50 Academy Chair’s included:
• 2016 Orlando St. Helga Riesling
Lime cured kingfish with avocado and fresh herbs

• 2012 Orlando St. Harriett Semillon
Quail sausage, capers, citrus and mustard

• 2010 St Hugo Vetus Purum Shiraz
Seared Waygu, grilled salad and “chips”

• 2009 St Hugo Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Mont Priscilla cheese, toasted grains, coffee, lemon and lentils


Note to Editors:
St Hugo was created to celebrate the legacy of Hugo Gramp, the visionary and former Managing Director of Gramps & Son’s winery from 1920 to 1938. The new home, which overlooks the Barossa ranges and St Hugo vineyard, reflects the power and elegance of this influential wine magnate.

The unparalleled wine experiences at the stunning St Hugo home in the Barossa Valley will be a true celebration of the excellence of this distinguished collection of Australian wines.
About The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
Founded in 2002 and owned by William Reed Business Media, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is a celebration of global gastronomy, bringing together a unique community of visionaries across the culinary landscape. The annual list and awards are based on the votes of an influential group of almost 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. As a globally recognised gastronomic reference point, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants showcases leading trends and highlights great restaurants from all corners of the Earth.

About The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprised of over 1,000 members, each selected by the 26 Academy Chairs for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene.
The Academy Chairs are appointed for their knowledge of their part of the restaurant world, and are some of the most influential people in food and restaurants globally.
More detail on The Academy Chairs can be found here

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