By Kyra Gillespie
Dinner by Heston, The Press Club, Spice Temple and now O.MY.
Beaconsfield’s tiny O.MY restaurant is among the quality Victorian restaurants awarded the prestigious Good Food Guide 2019 Two Hat Award, for exceptional food.
2019 sees 375 restaurants awarded Chef Hats around the country, down 15 from 2018.
O.MY is the story of the Bertoncello brothers who, with very limited resources, set about realising their dream to open a restaurant in their local area.
The brothers located the perfect place in Beaconsfield, once a humble butcher’s shop, and after a lot of work transformed it into a 25-seat restaurant.
Head chef, Blayne Bertoncello, inspired by what is currently available in their garden, masterfully crafts his dishes around the fresh, seasonal produce grown by the team at a nearby farm.
Since its opening in 2013, the now hugely popular restaurant is a destination for diners from near and far to visit O.MY for an exceptional dining experience.
In a commitment to sustainability and minimal waste, everything used at the restaurant is either from the Bertoncello’s Cardinia farm garden or from local suppliers.
“Pickling, preserving and dehydrating excess fruit, vegetables, flowers and much more also ensure we have minimal waste,” their website reads.
“We have established a large garden at a nearby farm in Cardinia to grow the produce for the restaurant and are passionate and dedicated to quality in our garden as well as our restaurant.
“The entire O.MY team is involved in the process and our chefs visit the farm several times a week to pick for the restaurant straight from the earth.”
The recent accolade is just one in a long list of achievements for O.MY, which also include 2016 Casey Cardinia Business Awards – Winner Hospitality Award, Two Hat Award – Good Food Guide 2018, Winner 2017 National Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Informal and Head Chef, Blayne Bertoncello recognition as a Finalist Young Chef of the Year – The Age Good Food Guide 2016.