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Top award for Tweed's culinary kings

TWO local chefs are putting the Tweed on the culinary map after both received “chef hats” in a highly regarded state-wide award.

Bamboo chef Greg Pieper and Fins at Salt chef Steven Snow were both recognised for the achievements in the regional category at the award ceremony in Sydney on Monday.

The awards were judged by some of Australia's toughest critics on food, service and ambience.

Mr Snow described the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010 as the 'Academy Awards' for chefs in New South Wales.

“It's good that myself and Greg got chef's hats because it establishes the Tweed as a dining destination,” Mr Snow said.

“People don't just eat in one place. It's great to have a couple of drawcards for the region.”

It was Mr Pieper's second hat and Mr Snow's third for Fins at Salt.

Both flew to Sydney for the awards.

Mr Snow's restaurant received two hats at last year's awards.

Mr Pieper said he was thrilled with another chef's hat.

“It's an honour to be recognised in such reputable awards,” Mr Pieper said.

“It gives me even more motivation to continue to create new dishes and take my love of cooking to even higher levels.

Bamboo was named Restaurant of the Year and Mr Pieper took out Chef of the Year for the third year in a row at the 2008 Gold Coast Magazine's Peoples Choice Awards.

Fins was judged the Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Wine List for Regional NSW including ACT at the Restaurant and Catering Award of Excellence earlier this year.

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