The finalists for the 43rd 2016 Western Australia of the Year Awards have been announced recognising many Western Australians who have demonstrated excellence in their field combined with making a positive impact in our community.
The 20 finalists are across seven categories, including arts and culture, business and community. An overall Western Australian of the Year will be selected from the winners of each category.
Local restauranteur, Chris Taylor, has been nominated for an award. Chris has developed and manages five restaurants (including Indiana, Frasers, Bluewater and The Old Brewery), plus function centres, café and kiosks and micro-brewery. He has recently opened three outlets at Perth international Airport and one at Virgin domestic.
Chris headed an industry group which advised the West Coast Institute of Training (transforming Carine TAFE into the new facility). He has mentored hundreds of people in the industry; supported Western Australian food and beverage products; and represented the State at key tourism, trade and education forums, high profile dinners and gala events at international forums.
Chris educates chefs and providores nationally and internationally on the diversity and quality of produce in WA and has donated his skills, name and time to a significant number of charities. Chris has contributed to the development of a wide range of other business in the State and elsewhere in Australia. This includes tourism and a range of other trade exposed sectors of the WA Community.
The award winners will be announced at the commencement of the WA Day long weekend on Friday 3 June 2016 at a Gala Dinner at Crown Perth. Musician and star of Deadline Gallipoli and Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Joel Jackson, will return to West Australia to host the awards ceremony alongside Channel 7 presenter Angela Tsun.
Celebrate WA Chairman, Michael Anghie, said the Awards recognise the achievements of Western Australians from all backgrounds and professions who have made a significant contribution to the State.
The Awards Ceremony marks the official start of the WA Day long weekend. Celebrate WA will present seven separate FREE family events on Monday 6 June, extending celebrations from Elizabeth Quay Perth, where the State of the Art Music Festival will be free for the first time, to events in Esplanade Park in Fremantle, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Mandurah, Geraldton and Port Hedland.
For more information, visit www.celebratewa.com.au/