Customs House.
Customs House.
9 August 2017

The University of Queensland’s Customs House and Gatton Halls of Residence have both won Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence.

The nationally recognised awards celebrate exceptional service and culinary talent across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Customs House Director Brian Roberts said the iconic heritage venue earnt first place in the Function / Convention Centre Caterer category.

“This award is a fitting tribute to the Customs House team, who strive for excellence and aim to continually improve guest experiences,” he said.

“The team consistently provides a high level of service across all departments, including event planning, service delivery and meals.

“Executive Chef John Offenhauser strives to deliver innovative food using local and sustainable produce, and we even have a mushroom farm on site.

“Customs House is a unique, contemporary event space, complete with spectacular views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.”

More than 550 restaurants, cafes and catering businesses were involved in the awards, which were judged across 38 categories.

UQ Head of Halls Simon Scott said the Gatton Halls of Residence won first place in the Institutional Caterer category.

“This is the second time we have won the state award in our category and we are hoping to go one better this time and take out the nationals,” he said.

“We are very proud of the partnership we have forged with Chartwell’s as an external provider for the University, and all of the credit goes to the hard working catering team.

“The Halls of Residence provides a flexible meal service to our residents, as well as the opportunity for all staff, students and visitors to purchase meals.”

Both venues will compete with other state finalists at the National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence in October.

Media: UQ Communications,, 3365 1130.