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Which is Australia's real gourmet destination? This FACT indicates the proportion of acclaimed restaurants in each state and territory by 100,000 people, where acclaimed restaurants are defined by an allocation of 12 to 20 Chef Hats awarded by the Australian Good Food Guide in 2011/2012. The criterion for selection includes both the facilities and services of each establishment. While there are other sources of restaurant ratings, for example those in guidebooks, newspapers, lifestyle magazines and online forums, criteria for these reviews differ greatly and they are therefore less reliable for statistical analysis.
According to the Australian Good Food Guide, the state with the highest number of quality restaurants per million people is Tasmania, with 18. The state with the lowest is Victoria, with only 3. This is interesting since Victoria has the second highest number of acclaimed restaurants in total, though the lowest per capita, challenging its image as one of Australia's top food destinations. Tasmania, on the other hand, has the third lowest number of acclaimed restaurants in total, but the highest per capita.