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 2018. 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 100,000 people is Tasmania, with 3.334. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory, with only 0.874.