Cameron Matthews Source = Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges STR Restaurant Head Chef Daniel Jarrett Luxury hotel group Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges has again been recognised for culinary excellence, walking away with four accolades in the Queensland Good Food Guide awards.The Long Apron restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville was awarded Two Hats as well as the Regional Restaurant of the Year in the prestigious awards which were announced last night.The restaurants at Spicers Peak Lodge in the Scenic Rim and Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny were also each awarded One Hat.Headed by acclaimed chef Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron was the only regional restaurant to be hatted twice – with a total of 42 Queensland restaurants wining one hat, four winning two hats and one winning three hats. “Despite the luxury country house feel, The Long Apron’s menu is totally contemporary,” the judges said. “Using both the prodigious local produce and his classical training, Cameron Matthews creates a whimsical degustation menu that will put a smile on the face of even the most jaded diner. Five star service and stunning views complete the picture.”The Long Apron specialises in personalised service with an innovative European-inspired degustation menu paired with a selective wine list. The restaurant’s award-winning menu includes innovative creations such as their signature Hervey Bay Scallops with local fresh scallops, Kenilworth yoghurt, Maleny cream, Mooloolaba squid and herbs from the restaurant’s kitchen garden. “At the Long Apron we love using fresh, local produce and unusual ingredients to deliver a deconstructed degustation menu,” Cameron Matthews said.“Our whole team is extremely passionate about creating a unique gourmet experience for our guests,” Matthews said. “As a result, we’re finding that The Long Apron restaurant and Spicers Clovelly Estate is becoming a gourmet destination for foodies from around Australia.”Awarded a star in Gourmet Traveller’s 2011 Restaurant Guide and votedBest Prestige Restaurant at the 2011 Queensland Hotels Association Awards and Best New Tourism Development at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards, Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is fast becoming a worst-kept secret amongst foodies. Budding chefs can also learn the restaurant’s award-winning culinary secrets with French, Italian and market food-themed cooking classes on offer each month.Spicers’ other award-winning restaurant, The Tamarind at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, also in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is headed by executive chef Daniel Jarrett and brings a taste of Thailand to the foothills of Maleny.Specialising in innovative Modern Asian cuisine, The Tamarind has cemented its reputation as an iconic south-east Queensland restaurant, with numerous accolades including Best New Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast in the 2011 HOSTPLUS Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant, at Spicers Peak Lodge two hours’ drive south west of Brisbane, also offers an award-winning degustation menu based on locally-sourced ingredients, grown in the rich Scenic Rim soil, as well as internationally-sourced delicacies. With head chef Ashley Martin at the helm, the restaurant team provides an unforgettable dining experience and, as the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia, the Peak Lodge dining room boasts spectacular views over Main Range National Park.The restaurant has received numerous awards including two stars in the Queensland Food and Wine Guide 2010 and Best Fine Dining Restaurant Brisbane region in the 2011 Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges co-owner Jude Turner said the awards were an honour for all three properties and the Spicers group.“We’re so thrilled to receive these prestigious awards and so proud of our chefs and restaurant teams,” Ms Turner said. “Great food and wine is definitely at the heart of the Spicers experience and these achievements reinforce the high standards we set for ourselves.Spicers is also a strong supporter of regional and national culinary events. Cameron Matthews and Daniel Jarrett will showcase their talents at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival later this month, and Spicers’ chefs will also appear at the Regional Flavours food festival at Brisbane’s South Bank in July.