Challenger’s training restaurant savours award number four

Monday, 11 August 2014

Challenger Institute of Technology’s Quinlan’s Training Restaurant has won its fourth consecutive Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Award for Excellence (WA).

Quinlan’s claimed the Best Restaurant in a Training Institute category at the prestigious awards ceremony held recently at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Challenger Institute hospitality and tourism program manager Leo Smith said this was a fantastic achievement for the institute, especially given this category had only been introduced to the awards program four years ago.

“Quinlan’s has won this award every year since its induction, which is an unprecedented achievement,” Mr Smith said.
“This adds to our impressive awards honour list, including our coveted place in the WA Gold Plate Awards Prix D’Honneur and induction into the WA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame last year.
“The quality of our training is unparalleled in the state, and I’m so proud of our hospitality, tourism and events staff and students who deserve this highest level of recognition for their hard work and dedication.

“The standard of food and service at our training restaurant is very popular with the local community, and it’s not uncommon for the restaurant to be booked out several weeks in advance.”

Challenger’s award-winning Quinlan’s Training Restaurant is located at the Fremantle campus and is open for lunch and dinner during institute semesters. Café Q, located on Fremantle’s High Street, is also open for a café-style lunch during semesters.

The Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence are the most dependable and authoritative guide to Australia’s best restaurants and caterers. The awards are judged by a team of trained adjudicators who anonymously visit the venues to determine the winners.

Applications are now open for full time hospitality, tourism and events study at Challenger Institute next year. Food and beverage short courses including coffee making, cake decorating and bar service are also run after hours at the Fremantle and Peel campuses for those interested in learning a new skill or enhancing current competencies. Visit to find out more.

PHOTO CAPTION: Challenger Institute hospitality and tourism program manager Leo Smith and Challenger Institute hospitality and tourism director Margaret Gannaway with the four awards (2011 – 2014) at Quinlan’s Training Restaurant.​

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