Photo highlights from the 2018 Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards

(L-R) Anita Connors (editor of foodservice and one of the judges of the Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards), Grace Watson (winner of the William Angliss Institute Rising Star Award), Jo Barrett (winner of the Stoddart Chef of the Year Award), Sunni Bracko (Fine Food Australia), Alla Wolf-Tasker (winner of the Fine Food Australia Legend of the Industry Award), and Sharon Romeo (winner of the Porkstar Restaurant Manager of the Year Award).

A celebration of excellence, success and outstanding contributions, the second annual Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards took place on Wednesday September 12 at Fine Food Australia.

Scroll down for all the highlights of the day, captured by photographer Carmen Zammit.

The 2018 Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards winners:

Foodservice Outstanding Service Award
WINNER: Patrice Noble, restaurant manager, The Bridge Room (NSW)

Porkstar Restaurant Manager of the Year Award
WINNER: Sharon Romeo, owner and restaurant manager, Fino Seppeltsfield (SA)

William Angliss Institute Rising Star Award
WINNER: Grace Watson, 25, co-founder and director, Zeitgeist Group

Stoddart Chef of the Year Award
WINNER: Jo Barrett, co-executive chef, Oakridge (VIC)

Fine Food Australia Legend of the Year Award
WINNER: Alla Wolf-Tasker, culinary director, Lake House (VIC)

Nestlé Professional Leadership in Foodservice Award
WINNER: Lisa Margan, owner, Margan Restaurant (NSW)

Read in depth about all 18 winners and finalists in the September issue of foodservice magazine, available to read online for free here.

A crowd gathers for the 2018 Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards.
Foodservice editor and one of the judges of the Nestlé Professional Women in Foodservice Awards, Anita Connors.
Audience members enjoying the bruncheon. 
Sharon Romeo, winner of the Porkstar Restaurant Manager of the Year Award, with Mitch Edwards of Australian Pork. 
Grace Watson (centre) after accepting the William Angliss Institute Rising Star Award, as Connors and foodservice's Rhonnie Merry look on.
The September issue of foodservice which features the entire 18 winners and finalists of the 2018 Nestlé Women in Foodservice Awards.
Jo Barrett (centre), winner of the Stoddart Chef of the Year Award, with Connors, Merry and Stoddart's David Richardson.
Alla Wolf-Tasker (right) making her acceptance speech for the Fine Food Australia Legend of the Industry Award.
Grace Watson holding her William Angliss Institute Rising Star award.
(L-R) Anita Connors with Scott Stuckmann, business executive officer of Nestlé Professional.
The winners with the awards' sponsors (L-R), Karen Hook (William Angliss Institute), Mitch Edwards (Australian Pork), Grace Watson (Rising Star), Alla Wolf-Tasker (Legend of the Industry), Sharon Romeo (Restaurant Manager of the Year), Jo Barrett (Chef of the Year), David Richardson (Stoddart), Scott Stuckmann (Nestlé Professional), and 
Anita Connors (foodservice).